I'm a big boxing fan. I've always been amazed by the ability of promoter Don King to keep everyone off balance with his motor mouth and vocabulary. In some ways, King uses his mouth like Ali used his jab.
There are numerous tales of King screwing over fighters. Boxing is a tough business and King is a shrewd and tough guy, even now in his 70s. Don't let the hair, mouth, and flag-waving fool you. Under the carnival barker exterior lies the heart of a hitman.
Did you know that King has killed two men? He was convicted of manslaughter for stomping to death a numbers runner who was holding out on him. That's when King was big with the Cleveland mob. Then, he killed another guy who tried to steal King's money. That one was called justifiable homicide.
I bring this up because King has been stumping for GW Bush with Ed Gillespie, Republican National Chairman. Now, I have nothing against King per se, but doesn't that strike anyone as a little odd?
A late update: Actor Robert Blake has already vowed to hit the campaign trail with Cheney later this summer if he is cleared on his murder charge.