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Paul Revere, Randy Jackson, and a Weiner scandal -- now that's entertainment.

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All those PopWatchers out there who think blogs about politics have no place on an entertainment website obviously haven’t been watching cable TV news this week. There’s been comedy. There’s been pathos. There’s been Anthony Weiner’s underpants. Even Republican candidate for president Rick Santorum couldn’t help mixing a little pop culture into his campaign, launching his candidacy at a rally in Pennsylvania on Monday with Randy Jackson’s catchphrase from American Idol 2011, “We’re in it to win it.” Of course, a little later that morning, Santorum had a new catchphrase – “humina humina” – when he appeared onGood Morning America and was grilled by George Stephanopoulos over his assertion that America’s enemies didn’t fear President Obama. “Where’s the evidence of that?” Stephanopoulos pressed him. “The al-Qaeda leadership has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead, no significant attack against the United States has been successful. Where is that evidence?”

Fortunately for Santorum, Sarah Palin continues her scene-stealing tour.

If the video this weekend of Palin in Boston reciting her own inimitable version of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride doesn’t qualify as entertainment – ”He warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking our arms by ringing those bells… ” – then I don’t know what does. Making matters even more, yes, entertaining, she’s still not admitting she made a mistake: She went on Fox News Sunday and not only defended her answer (“I know my American history,” she told Chris Wallace), but also accused the local newspaper reporter who asked her the question of “gotcha” tactics. The question the lamestream media reporter asked before Palin launched into her Revere-y: “What have you seen today and what are you going to take away from your visit?”

But, of course, the most gripping moment of political TV so far this week was Anthony Weiner’s tearful press conference in New York yesterday, during which rightwing blogger Andrew Breitbart weirdly seemed to be the warm-up act for the congressman’s stunning confession – yes, that really was a photograph of his mid-section, and yes, he did indeed tweet it to a 21-year-old college girl. As far as I’m concerned, that 30 minutes of excruciating self-excoriation was about as riveting as reality TV ever gets.

But what do you think Pop Watchers? These events more than anything deserve the “Politics as Entertainment” tag, yes?

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Originally posted June 7 2011 — 6:00 PM EDT

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