Ron Paul nabs essential Kelly Clarkson endorsement

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While celebrity endorsements were a highly visual part of the 2008 elections, especially when it came to Obama, we haven't seen too many famous people come out in support of any particular potential candidate in this very unpredictable Republican primary. (Maybe that's because the field is chock-a-block with nutbags and Hollywood is generally liberal?) But it looks like we're getting close enough to actual voting that some people are speaking up for their favored candidate, because inaugural American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has taken to Twitter (natch) to put her support behind Ron Paul:

I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he's got my vote. Too bad he probably won't.

Of course, a few of her Twitter followers took this opportunity to point out to Clarkson that some of Paul's homophobic, crazy, racist, and crazy racist newsletters were recently unearthed and gained more than a little bit of press attention. So, Clarkson, here is the $64,000 question: are you also an insane bigot, albeit one lots of college students love because you believe in legalizing drugs?

No, no, a thousand times no, Clarkson would like to assure you. She returned to the medium to explain that she had never heard of this part of Paul's worldview, and is not a racist (but still likes Paul):

I am really sorry if I have offended anyone. Obviously that was not my intent. I do not support racism. I support gay rights, straight rights, women's rights, men's rights, white/black/purple/orange rights. I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he's my favorite.

This is basically the opposite of when Whitney Houston sang, "It's not right, but it's okay." She's not… wrong, exactly, but I still don't like it. (And for an interesting look at why many people know about but overlook Paul's homophobic views, check out this Slate article.) Paul doesn't have quite as extensive a record of voting for anti-gay measures as the other nominees, whatever his own beliefs. But for some reason I don't think a President who's an outspoken racist and homophobe is a great idea.