When Jessica Simpson Figures You Out, It Really Is Over
First, a disclosure: I like Jessica Simpson. Not in a leering sexual way…Okay, not just in a leering sexual way. I actually think she’s a sweet kid: Dumb as a cabbage, but nice. So, you really can’t blame the Republicans for thinking they could put one past her and use her as a celebrity at one of these huge fundraisers. She’d be in Washington anyway to promote Operation Smile, a charity that gives children who are deformed facially in poor countries, plastic surgery. It’s a worthy cause, but as with most things Jessica-related, it's also a little ditsy. I mean a Hollywood star offering the world plastic surgery?
So, the Republicans invited her to a face to face meeting with the President, and in exchange she’d go help get their candidates elected by attending the fundraiser. They told her the meeting with the President could really help her charity. Of course, by now, we all know that President Bush doesn’t always retain a lot of knowledge from these meetings - Hurricane Katrina proved that - so there was really nothing in it for Jessica, but to be used. The Republicans say she initially accepted, but thought it over, and snubbed the offer.
When Jessica Simpson sees through you, watch out. Actually, the way she handled it turned a minor matter into a big headline, and she got more publicity for Operation Smile than she ever would have trying to tell the information to the President. Meanwhile, the Republicans get stuck with the snub. Maybe Jessica is smarter than we think.