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“If Jeb Bush ends up against Hillary Clinton, that’s going to pave the way for Jesse Ventura to be the next president,” the man himself replied, later explaining, “If I run as an independent I will be a true independent The way public sentiment is right now, Larry — I mean I would run on this — I offer the people of America, I challenge them to elect the first president since George Washington, the father of our country, that doesn’t belong to a political party. Imagine that. And I think the way it is today, you could win on that issue alone.”

“MADAME SECRETARY”

Interesting timing. Twenty percent of Democratic lawmakers have already endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton as a 2016 presidential hopeful, and a grassroots super PAC has already raised $4 million for her yet-to-be declared campaign. Now here comes a little Hollywood help, perhaps. CBS is now producing a TV pilot with the help of veteran actor Morgan Freeman titled “Madame Secretary,” a drama with all the trimmings.

The very attractive and tousled blonde actress Tea Leoni will star as the lead character in question — one Elizabeth Faulkner McGill, which has a nice Hillary Rodham Clinton sort of ring to it. Well, the syllables match, anyway. She plays a school teacher turned federal official.

Well, OK.

“Madam Secretary centers on the personal and professional life of a maverick female Secretary of State as she drives international diplomacy, wrangles office politics and balances a complex family life,” explains Lesley Goldberg, a correspondent for the Hollywood Reporter.

SEXUAL POLITICS 101

“Feminist Perspectives: Politicizing Beyonc.”

Behold, this is a new spring semester course at Rutgers University’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

“This isn’t a course about Beyonc’s political engagement or how many times she performed during President Obama’s inauguration weekend,” instructor Kevin Allred told Rutgers Today, a campus publication. “Rather, the performer’s music and career are used as lenses to explore American race, gender, and sexual politics.”

POLL DU JOUR

64 percent of Republican voters have a positive impression of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; 16 percent favor him as the Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

58 percent have a positive impression of Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin; 8 percent favor him as the Republican candidate.

58 percent have a positive impression of Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky; 11 percent favor him as the candidate.

56 percent have a positive impression of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; 14 percent favor him as the candidate.

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