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Haiku D'Etat: The Endorsements Could Be Verse

In the ever-swirling pool of Republican presidential candidates, political endorsements — formal and informal — are being tossed around like life jackets. Will they help the struggling wannabes sink or swim?

"Endorsements are only one of many cues that determine how a person votes," says Robert C. Wigton, a political science professor at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla.

"Some endorsements can backfire. If you're running as a political outsider, and get an endorsement from an establishment person or entity, that might hurt," Wigton says. He also suggests that a stamp of approval from a celebrity may not have a lick of meaning.

Even so, there still can be poetry in the panegyric. Here, in haiku form, is a look at the present state of political support:

Dan Quayle's approval
Could make Willard "Mitt" Romney
One hot potatoe


Is Jon Huntsman's cause
Helped more by Michael Moore, or
Mustachioed kids?


Chuck Norris won't just
Help Ron Paul be president.
He'll make it happen


Is Rick Santorum
George Washington incarnate
As Glenn Beck suggests?


Michele Bachmann says --
With Wayne Newton at her side --
"I'm ... thrilled!" Danke Schoen!


To lead the union
Manchester's Union-Leader
Turns to Newt Gingrich


Rick Perry upholds
Truth, justice, American way
— Superman Dean Cain


We hope Basho approves this message. And we challenge you to post some better political haiku of your own in the comments section below.

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