Essay: Celebrities in Politics: a Cure

Now that inflation -- too many dollars chasing too few goods -- has been all but licked, we have a new problem: too many celebrities chasing too few political opportunities. Writer Mickey Kaus calls the celebrity-politics plague "celebritics." Not the old-fashioned type, where celebrities are bused in by the gross to glitz up a rally or other political event. But the new type, where the celebrity is the political event.

As, say, in Hands Across America, a 4,000-mile chain of hand-holding Americans planned for May 25 and supported by nearly 1,000 celebrities. "The largest number of celebrities ever assembled," says the...

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