Political scientists have long wondered how much endorsements actually matter. Do people really change their vote based on who their local newspaper recommends, or who another politician says is the right person for the job? There’s no way to quantify exactly how much of an impact any one individual thumbs up has, but common sense would say the more endorsements the better, at least in most cases.

For every nineteen endorsements that make a candidate look good, there is one oddball that probably ends up hurting in the long run. For example: four years ago, John McCain clearly was not excited about George Bush’s endorsement. He didn’t want to be seen with the president, campaign with the president or even be approved by the president. He thought any link between himself and the Texan’s administration would be toxic.

Over the past few months, President Barack Obama has won hundreds, maybe even thousands of endorsements from musicians, actors and artists. His opponent, Mitt Romney, has gotten Chuck Norris, Kid Rock, Clint Eastwood, Jon Voight, Stacey Dash and probably one or two others I’m forgetting. Last night, he added Lindsay Lohan to that haul, but if you listen to some commentators, her voice might well that that oddball he wants nothing to do with.

What do you think? It’s unlikely Lindsay’s endorsement will sway many votes beyond her own, but if it had to be considered either positive or negative, which would it be? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below…

Is Lindsay's Thumbs Up Good Or Bad For The Campaign?

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