December 5, 2007, - 2:00 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
The viral, web-inspired, parody-laden rumors about Chuck Norris are one thing. As is the onscreen version.
But the real-life Chuck Norris is entirely another. He’s not the saint everyone thinks he is. In fact, he’s very much “in it” for himself.
As you probably know, Norris endorsed Republican Mike Huckabee in the 2008 Presidential contest. Not that I believe too many people are going to follow the endorsement of an on-screen action star. But it’s important to know what’s behind the endorsement.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Chuck Norris has “gotten something” in return for his previous Republican Presidential endorsements:
Two decades ago, Mr. Norris says, Republican operative Lee Atwater approached him “when that wimp thing was going around,” suggesting that George H. W. Bush also wasn’t tough enough to be president. “Next thing I know, I’m on the campaign trail,” he said. The former president later helped Mr. Norris get his karate program into some Houston public schools, Mr. Norris added.
Now, Norris is on the campaign trail in Iowa for Huckabee. So what kind of government-subsidized largesse did this Republican candidate promise? And how much will it cost American taxpayers?
You can bet–with Norris traipsing all over Iowa for Huckabee–it’s something on a larger scale than Papa Bush’s tax-funded hand-out in Houston.
This is the real Chuck Norris. Not the fantasy.
So, here’s my attempt at Chuck Norris fantasy:
Chuck Norris can single-handedly get millions from taxpayers without lifting a finger.
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