March 15, 2006

Far Away, So Close!

I think that we can safely say that Bush is in trouble when even Jessica Simpson is trying to get some distance between the President and herself:

Concerned about politicizing her favorite charity, singer-actress Jessica Simpson Wednesday turned down a invitation to meet with President Bush, a snub that left Republicans dismayed.

The apparent final word that Simpson would be a no-show at a major Republican fund-raiser with Bush and congressional leaders Thursday night came after a day of conflicting reports from her camp and organizers of the event.

and by "politicize" she means "associate it in any way with a wildly unpopular President." When a President is popular, his presence brings legitimacy and needed attention to your charity. When he's polling in the mid-thirties, he brings the dread "politics" with him.

The GOP reply is pretty feeble:

NRCC spokesman Carl Forti said he was surprised at Simpson's position.

"It's never been a problem for Bono,"

Bono, of course, is bigger than the President. There is no way that Bush's bad mojo causes so much as a ripple in Bono's aura. Jessica Simpson, being a mere mortal starlet, has to keep an eye out for her reputation. Bono is beyond such petty concerns.

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