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But in today's highly charged political climate, few Republican politicians are bold enough to declare her beliefs abhorrent. Republican Brevard County Rep. Bill Posey, the author of the so-called birther bill challenging Obama's citizenship, recently welcomed her into his office to film an interview. The footage ends with a barefoot Jackson kicking a stack of congressional bills while yelling, "That's what I think of Obamacare! We the people!"
Jackson was a Michele Bachmann fan until the candidate was knocked out of the presidential race. Now Rick Santorum is her fave. And one day, she might become a candidate herself. "I would run for office," she says casually. "I mean, especially since I'm getting old. I don't really want to be in front of the camera, but I kind of like to be around people."
Later Jackson says, "I feel like I'm the only person who has reason, common sense and sanity."
Jackson's mom, Marlene, had only one doll when she was a poor kid in Minnesota. So she has overcompensated in adulthood by clogging her daughter's old bedroom with hundreds of them. Most are from Goodwill. Heaped on shelves in Jackson's darkened former room, they're in various stages of disrepair and hair loss.
On a reporter's recent visit, Marlene digs out one of her favorites, and while Jim and his daughter talk about gymnastics and politics around the table, she makes it kick and punch. It's a Barack Obama action figure. "I just think Obama is a very nice person," Marlene explains matter-of-factly. "I like his wife and children. I think he's a good family man."
She also likes Oprah Winfrey, she adds. That sends Jackson into a spiel about how Oprah "brainwashed an entire country of housewives into the new age movement — the oldest false religion in the world." (Yes, she's talking about yoga, karma and Nag Champa.)
Jim punctuates her statement with his thoughts about Oprah: "I don't like her because she's fat."
Jackson's dad doesn't seem to put much stock in what Marlene says, though she's often an acute judge of her daughter. When the question of Jackson's motivation arises, she remarks, "I think she has tried to impress her father."
The conversation swerves to Obama's chances for re-election. "I think he has a good chance," Jackson says, "because the Latins will vote for him. The illegal aliens will vote for him."
"Illegals can't vote!" her dad interrupts. "How can they?"
Jackson is stumped. "Because ... because of cheating."
Tomorrow morning, she's headed to New York City to be on Fox & Friends. She'll plug Marriage Retreat, a Christian film about the sanctity of matrimony. Her small role, even she admits, "isn't going to win an Oscar." The demands of her new career, she laments, keep her away from her daughters and granddaughter. In a couple of weeks, she'll go "on a conservative cruise for [her] journalism job, and [she's] gonna do a handstand next to the Mayan rock that says the world is going to end in 2012."
As Jackson gets up to leave, father and daughter continue the list of who will vote for Obama: The liberals. The gays. The Muslims.
Says Jim: "Those who were aborted would if they were alive."
The family bursts into manic laughter. "Jim!" Marlene says. "You made a joke!"
Email gus.garcia-roberts@miami newtimes.com.