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Election season heats up -- with stories of Justin Bieber

He's got a crush on Obama. No, the other one.

It's a rare bit of good news for the president in an otherwise bleak election season: Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber thinks Michelle Obama is hot. According to a report out of Britain, the 16-year-old even has a full-length poster of the first lady on his bedroom wall. "He likes that she is so glamorous looking without looking unnatural or plastic like so many people he meets," says a source quoted by The Sun.

Alas for the Obamas, Bieber's love will only get them so far: He's too young to vote, and, worse, he's Canadian.

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One man who probably did not have a poster of either Obama on his bedroom wall was Don Unsworth, a recently-departed Georgia businessman. His obituary in the local newspaper, a local tv station reports, contained this request: "In lieu of flowers the family respectfully asks that donations be sent to the American Cancer Society, or to the campaign of anybody who is running against President Barack Obama in 2012."

The late Unsworth, who was said to have had issues with Obama's economic program, had the foresight to die before the federal "death tax" returned.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, the 76-year-old Iowa Republican who bears a passing resemblance to Eeyore, has one of the best ads of the 2010 election cycle.

It begins with an older woman whispering to her friend: "I heard Chuck Grassley has a -- twitter."

"Oh," the friend replies. "Can it be cured?"

Grassley then appears to explain his use of the newfangled technology. "I'll tweet, I'll text, I'll do whatever it takes. I work for you." A young woman with a nose-piercing vouches for Eeyore's hipness.

No wonder Grassley faces no serious challenge to his reelection.

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Grassley deserves props for his ad. Others have props of their own.

Charlie Crist, the independent Senate candidate from Florida, illustrates in a new ad how Washington party bosses draw lines in the sand by, well, drawing a land in the sand -- with a stick, on what is presumably a Florida beach.

One of those party bosses, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, used a most unusual prop in an e-mail sent by his office Monday. Those who would benefit from a Republican tax cut were portrayed as the jubilant "Monopoly Man" character with top hat and cane.

Then there's Linda McMahon, the wrestling-executive-cum-GOP-Senate-candidate in Connecticut. Her prop is heavy metal. "A lot of people ask me why I'm running for Senate,'' McMahon says in a new ad. "Here's why: this lunch box. It represents a lot of people who've lost jobs. Washington has created the perfect job-killing storm." She goes on to say: "I approved this message because we need this lunchbox and a lot more like it back at work."

The lunchbox is an enormous metal affair, the sort a 1950s factory worker might have taken to the plant if he were really, really hungry, or if he packed lunch for everybody on his shift.

Still, the lunchbox doesn't have a very sympathetic case. It sits on the counter of a gleaming white designer kitchen, while the candidate rested her manicured fingers upon it and soft music plays. Good work if you can get it.

By Dana Milbank  | September 13, 2010; 10:37 PM ET
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Comments

The song is 'Nice work if you can get it'. Otherwise I love the Milbank.

Posted by: Mitchavery7 | September 14, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

What ever happened to copy editors? Are they a vanishing species? Draw a land in the sand? What the heck does that mean? Sad state of affairs.

Posted by: warren5 | September 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Dana Milbank has nothing better to write about than the passing fade of bieb? We don't even talk about him here in Canada. Maybe Dana has a bit of a crush on him?

Posted by: ProudCanadian1 | September 16, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

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