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Palin To Debut New Fox Show With Guest, L.L. Cool J (Updated With Heart-Ache)

5:07 PM, Mar 30, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Sarah Palin will host her first episode of "Real American Stories" Thursday April 1 at 10 p.m., with a line-up of celebrity guests and the story of a Medal of Honor recipient.

Palin To Debut New Fox Show With Guest, L.L. Cool J (Updated With Heart-Ache)

Yes, this photo is of L.L. Cool J, not Sarah Palin, because I'm picking the pictures around here!

Guests will include country singer Toby Keith, GE CEO Jack Welch, and rapper/actor L.L. Cool J.

If there's one sure-fire way to get my attention, it's a show that honors American military and features L.L. Cool J. That's why I Tivo NCIS:LA. Mr. J will be an interesting interview for Palin. He's not an "out" conservative, as far as I know, but his politics seem to lean libertarian, which would make him an odd bird in and of itself in the entertainment world. The fact that he's a libertarian-leaning, Rand-quoting rapper makes him even more fascinating.

I'm a longtime fan— "Going Back to Cali" was an integral part of my childhood soundtrack and, let's be honest, his work in "Deep Blue Sea" was breathtaking—but Kate O'Hare's interview with him in November 2009 sealed the deal. Read the whole thing, but the highlights are his U.S. military boosting, his paean to American entrepreneurism, and his ability to quote both the Bible and "Atlas Shrugged." I'm not kidding.

And, though he is a very pretty face, that's not all he is. When asked who his favorite Founding Father was, he answered:

"You know what," he says, "that's a good question, interesting question. My favorite Founding Father .. wow. Benjamin Franklin was brilliant. I think I will go with Benjamin Franklin first. I would go with Jefferson and then Adams, but I would go with Franklin.

"When he talked about wealth ... his 'Poor Richard's Almanack' was amazing. Him being a scientist; him being an author; him being a businessman; him being an entrepreneur; him being a guy who understood how important it was to be conservative when it came to a dollar, and conserve your wealth.

"I just thought he was a very wise guy. I would go with Franklin.

Libertarian ladies love cool James. 

As Allahpundit puts it, "Frank Rich fans will be shocked to find the alleged Grand Dragon of the tea-party movement making chitchat with a hip-hop legend," but this could potentially make for a great pairing and great TV. It could also potentially be very awkward, but I trust their substantial combined charm to overcome any jitters.

All I know is, the more time L.L. Cool J spends in a Fox News studio, the closer I get to meeting him, and for that, I owe Sarah Palin many thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing these two talk.

Update: Heart-ache! L.L. Cool J is challenging his inclusion in the promotion of Palin's new show, saying via Twitter "Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else & are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palins Show. WOW." Now, we have the perplexing problem wherein my ardor for L.L. Cool J stays constant, but I am just as far from meeting him as ever before.

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