Stars on the Stump

That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama.

With just over a month now until the Iowa caucus and New Hampshire primary (our guess, as a date has not yet been set for the latter), campaigns are now starting to deploy campaign surrogates and make judicious use of their celebrity supporters.

Today Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne hit the trail again today with John Edwards in Iowa. They performed for him in Davenport on Monday, with Raitt introducing her song “Thing Called Love” with this line: “I’m ready for that thing called Edwards love, that’s what I’m ready for.”

“Change is a beautiful thing and what we’re going to have with John Edwards I believe on so many levels, from healthcare to education to civil rights to poverty to getting out of Iraq, not going into Iran, on every level the man is speaking what I think America wants to hear,” said Raitt, according to ABC News.

Audio of their appearance is here.

Creating a bit more of a stir is Carole Simpson, the former ABC News anchor (and presidential debate moderator), who has endorsed Hillary Clinton. She appeared at a New Hampshire political rally with her Emerson College journalism class, which was there to learn how to cover a political event. When Clinton called on her during a Q&A, Simpson offered her support. “I know I made a mistake. It was definitely the wrong venue for my first foray into free speech,” Simpson told The Boston Globe in Monday’s editions. “But I’d really like to see her win. After being a reporter for so many years, where you wish you could do more than you can, it would be nice to make a difference.” Nevertheless, the college turned down her offer of resignation.

The Oscar Cut: Michael Moore’s “Sicko” and Charles Ferguson’s “No
End in Sight” are among the 15 finalists in the Oscar documentary
category. Also making it to the list: Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro’s doc “Body of War”  and Alex Gibney’s “Taxi to the Dark Side.”  Missing from the  list: The Apollo doc “In the Shadow of the Moon” and Jonathan Demme’s Jimmy Carter doc “Man from Plains.”

“Death of the President,” the controversial British movie that dramatizes the assassination of George W. Bush, was the winner of an International Emmy Award for best movie/TV miniseries in New York on Monday night. Robert DeNiro presented the org’s Founders Award to Al Gore. “My cup runneth over, as the Bible says,” Gore  said in an interview with Variety in advance of the event.

“Sweet Caroline”: Where did Neil Diamond get the inspiration? Caroline Kennedy. Wonkette weighs in.

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