ENDORSEMENT WATCH….No, not editorial page endorsements. The latest game is to see which candidate has snagged the most endorsements from hideous political figures around the world. Today, James Joyner groans over Yasser Arafat’s semi-endorsement of Kerry here, while Matt Yglesias is suitably appalled over Vladimir Putin’s semi-endorsement of Bush here.

And of course there’s been fierce competition for the coveted al-Qaeda endorsement for months. Back in March the Madrid train bombers said, “We are very keen that Bush does not lose the upcoming elections,” while in September House Speaker Dennis Hastert insisted that, in fact, al-Qaeda much preferred a Kerry victory. So it’s still up in the air, I guess.

I wonder who Castro will endorse?

UPDATE: I just checked comments. You do all understand that I was just joking, don’t you?

UPDATE 2: It looks like Bush just bagged the Iranian theocrat endorsement!

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