January 09, 2004


Madonna endorses Wesley Clark:

I've never done this before. But life is about taking risks is it not?

Some risk. Celebrity says politician is good! Yeah, that’s gonna kill your royalties. And she has done this before, only a month ago. The aging tyrant singer continues:

I know that people seem to pay attention to everything I do. Big or Small. Ridiculous or Sublime.

Capitalised or Uncapitalised. For No Apparent Reason.

I am supporting General Wesley Clark for President. Not only as a "celebrity" but as an American citizen and as a mother. I want my children to grow up with the same opportunities that I had to know and understand what's going on in the world and to travel that world safely and with pride.

Madonna grew up under Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Nixon -- all of them famously open and generous with information about what was going on in the world during the Cold War. When any Western kid could “travel the world safely and with pride”.

Our greatest risk is not terrorism and it's not Iraq or the "Axis of Evil." Our greatest risk is a lack of leadership, a lack of honesty and a complete lack of consciousness.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ...

Posted by Tim Blair at January 9, 2004 01:10 AM

If she wants her kids to have all the great benefits she had, why is she raising them in England?

And if she is in England because she can't provide her kids the same great opportunities she had in the US, why is she bothering to vote, or remain a US citizen?

Posted by: hbchrist at January 9, 2004 at 01:27 AM

Our greatest risk is marklar marklar marklar. What a dolt!

Posted by: Tongue Boy at January 9, 2004 at 01:42 AM

Oh, go back to your British husband and your British home, you tiresome attention-whore!

There, I definitely feel better now...

Posted by: KevinV at January 9, 2004 at 01:55 AM

Well, of course it's a risk!

If BusHitler wins, then Madonna faces the prospect of being arrested, dragged from her home, and gassed in one of Ashcroft's planned concentration camps for liberals.

Her children will be handed over to Christian fundamentalists for proper upbringing.

Her assets will be seized and given to anti-abortion groups, who will be given a license to bomb clinics and kill liberals on sight.

I mean, she's running the same risks as Sakharov and Fang Lizhi did. (Well, not Sakharov, not really, since he lived in a USSR where they loved their children, too, after all.)

How dare you make fun of this potential martyr for peace?!??

Posted by: Dean at January 9, 2004 at 01:58 AM

'I want my children to grow up with the same opportunities that I had'

If I were the kids old man I'd immediately engage a PI and dispel those nasty rumours of a very young Madonna sleeping her way to fame.

Posted by: jafa at January 9, 2004 at 02:03 AM

I was sorta on the fence, what with thousands of Islamofascists wanting me dead and all, but if he's good enough for Madonna, who am I to argue? Clark in '04!!!

Posted by: Jerry at January 9, 2004 at 02:39 AM

Pseudo Lesbian, pseudo talented, pseud.

Posted by: Julie Cleeveley at January 9, 2004 at 02:42 AM

I actually think our greatest risk is the possibility that people might take endorsements from the likes of Madonna seriously.

Posted by: Emily at January 9, 2004 at 03:14 AM

Madonna is right. A lack of consciousness is truly the greatest risk we face. Some days I can hardly walk down the street without tripping over all the unconcious people. Why, after a day of listening to Democratic presidental candidates I'm often struggling to remain conscious, myself.

Under President General Wesley Clark, trained professionals will provide wake-up calls and emergency water-face-splashing assistance for anyone who lacks consciousness. Will warmonger Bush do the same? I think not!

Posted by: Bryan C at January 9, 2004 at 03:37 AM

Isn't this one of the signs of the apocalypse?

"And the whore of Babylon shall lay blessings on the General. On hearing the blessings the children did rejoice."

So it is written and so it shall be.

Posted by: LB at January 9, 2004 at 05:19 AM

Well, senior citizens in the United States tend to trend Democratic due to fears over the fate of Medicare, so Madonna's action is certainly understandable. I just think it was nice she could work herself away from the Mah Jongg games and the Grand Slam breakfasts at Denny's to make such an announcement

Posted by: John at January 9, 2004 at 05:25 AM

Is she going to sing "Like a Virgin" with Wes and give him a big kiss like lil Britney.

Love to see Wes in that bridal outfit britney and Christina wore.

Posted by: Quentin George at January 9, 2004 at 06:28 AM

How dare you speak about our nation's esteemed Strumpet Laureate that way!

Posted by: Natalie at January 9, 2004 at 06:40 AM

Greatest risk is `unconsciousness'.Well, yes, scientists haven't yet coome up with the anti-date to death.Well, at leat Madonna has illuminated what graveyards are for : so the `unconscious' don't litter the streets in their indolent, somnolent habits.

Posted by: d at January 9, 2004 at 08:00 AM

I bet once the kids are old enough they'll take a good look at their mum's life work and become conservatives. If for no other reason than to lessen the shame.

Posted by: Jake D at January 9, 2004 at 08:27 AM

It seems strange to me that Madonna brought up her children. Of course they are going to have more chances than she had when growing up: they are the offspring of rich parents!! What a lot of toss these "celebrities" do sprout.

Posted by: Toryhere at January 9, 2004 at 08:49 AM

What's with the scare quotes on "celebrities"? If a celebrity is someone who's famous for being famous, which strikes me as a reasonable definition of same, "Madonna" surely qualifies.

Posted by: Clog at January 9, 2004 at 10:01 AM

Poor kids. To escape your screeching mother, you switch on the radio to hear her screeching there as well. Click. Oh no, she's on TV too.

Posted by: ilibcc at January 9, 2004 at 10:27 AM

"And the whore of Babylon shall lay blessings on the General. On hearing the blessings the children did rejoice."

So it is written and so it shall be.

Have you got chapter and verse for that?

Those of us who were paying attention in Sunday School know that the phrase "Whore of Babylon" occurs only in the Book of Revelation, and also that the words "blessings" and "general" are NOT in Revelation.

Posted by: May Lee at January 9, 2004 at 10:39 AM

I do believe that was a joke from LB.

Posted by: Matt G at January 9, 2004 at 10:44 AM

Why would Mrs. Ritchie think "a complete lack of consciousness" is a bad thing? Her "music" doesn't sound like garbage and her "acting" doesn't make you sick only when you're well on your way to "a complete lack of consciousness."

Posted by: Christopher Johnson at January 9, 2004 at 11:56 AM

Thank God. I can sleep at night now knowing who that idiot endorses.

What does a has-been hag living in Britain give a rat's ass anyway? Maybe we'll soon hear Frenchie lover Johnny Depp announce who he endorses.

Posted by: LS at January 9, 2004 at 01:17 PM

I believe she is 41, so she didn't grow up under Eisenhower and just barely under Kennedy.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at January 9, 2004 at 02:00 PM

That explains it. Madonna is unconscious.

Posted by: kae at January 9, 2004 at 03:00 PM

Hey Matt G and May Lee - Actually, personally I think the better analogy would be the beasts that come from the sea in the Book of Daniel. I have endless fun seeing what politician and where fits each beast. Believe me, after listening to a Phillip Adams program it's hard not to see Dubya as the beast with the teeth and iron hooves AND LAUGH WITH HYSTERICAL DELIGHT


Sorry, forgot myself there.

Oh, and great to see a poster from Honkers on the blog May Lee, good to have you along.


Posted by: National Party Headcase at January 9, 2004 at 06:38 PM