The Sleeper Issue of ’08: 1980s Kitsch

If you had told me back in 1988 that the political endorsements that would make the news would be those of Chuck Norris, Hulk Hogan, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, I imagine that I would have said, “AWESOME!”

That’s because I was a ten year-old boy in 1988.

Seriously, why are the fake superheroes of the 1980’s so culturally relevant? Who will Sylvester Stallone endorse? How did McCain get Arnold’s endorsement anyway? I imagine that there was a conference call that went something like this:

Arnold: This is good, but what is best in life?
Mitt Romney: The open steppe, fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, and the wind in your hair.
Arnold: Wrong! John McCain! What is best in life?
John McCain: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.
Arnold: That is good! That is good.

Actually, that may have also been the conversation that earned McCain’s Giuliani endorsement too. What about Obama and Hogan? Will Hogan offer to let Obama use this as his campaign song:

I can only hope so.


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