Lisa De Pasquale
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Nearly two years ago I decided to start this column after talking with Andrew Breitbart about the importance of pop culture in the political arena. Of course, the conversation was mostly a lengthy monologue about his favorite movie, Grandma’s Boy. The purpose of the “De Pasquale’s Dozen” interview column is to humanize conservative leaders by engaging them on their pop culture interests. Anything that reveals a sense of humor, self-reflection, quirkiness or savage wit will make political and cultural warriors more appealing -- and thus more persuasive -- to the masses.

Since 2010, I’ve interviewed many of my favorite political figures, including Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity, Eric Metaxas, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. John Thune, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Greg Gutfeld, Mike Adams, Michelle Malkin, and, of course, the inspiration for the column, Andrew Breitbart. Some of them you’ll see again soon with a new set of 12 questions.

As I begin the “De Pasquale’s Dozen” at its new home at Townhall.com, I thought it would be fitting to start with Allen Covert, the star, co-writer and co-producer of Breitbart’s favorite movie, Grandma’s Boy.

Covert has collaborated with college friend Adam Sandler on several movies, including The Wedding Singer,50 First Dates, Happy Gilmore, Little Nicky, The Longest Yard, among many others. He’s a familiar face in many of these movies, usually playing a quirky character the audience wishes had more screen time.

Coincidentally, I met Covert at the National Bloggers Club’s Blog Bash in February, where Breitbart and I received awards for our outreach to bloggers. Covert was there to promote his new endeavor, a digital media company called Cherry Tree that entertains children with patriotic stories and life lessons. Covert told Fox News, “As a parent with young children, I would always find little things that bothered me when I was reading bedtime stories or watching shows or listening to children’s music. I couldn’t find any stories, games or television shows that were fun and exciting while also being morally instructive and patriotic. I just felt that some parents would want stories that show strong themes of morality and patriotism.”

Familiar faces in the Cherry Tree series include Tex the T-Rex (a patriotic dinosaur with new books coming out July 4th – his birthday!), Special Hops (pro-military rabbits), and The Eagles (a family that passes on traditional values). Also coming soon is “Potty in the U.S.A,” a potty-training series with toddler versions of Betsy Ross, Thomas Jefferson, and Lewis and Clark. They’ll also teach children about the Pledge of Allegiance and the Revolutionary War.

I decided to expand the scope of the De Pasquale’s Dozen interviews to include not just political figures, but conservative and libertarian authors and entertainers. It’s important to support those like Covert who stand up for our values. Buy their books, see their movies, buy their music. It’s also important that we engage in pop culture and not surrender the entertainment industry to the Left. This is one of the greatest lessons I learned from Andrew Breitbart and the reason why he still inspires me.

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1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

I can’t narrow it down to one so I am going to cheat and say they have to alternate between Caddyshack and Being There.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

“Get busy living or get busy dying” - Shawshank Redemption

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was "cured." If you could give President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make them watch?

The Undefeated by Steve Bannon. It would make their heads explode like in the movie Scanners.

4. What was the first rock concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?

Chicago. It was in 1974 at Florida Field in Gainesville Florida. My father took me and we sat on the fifty yard line about twenty rows up. He had a hard time explaining to me why those guys behind us had to share their pipe.

5. What do you remember most about going to the movies as a kid? How has that experience changed for the better or worse for your kids?

I was obsessed with movies when I was younger. During the summer I would go by myself to a theater down the street from my house. I saw every comedy or science fiction movie that came out. My kids love going to the movies but 3D scares them. The only big difference is I don’t let them go by themselves but my oldest is only five so I might change that when she gets to college. But not before.

6. What important advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?

Always be prepared, always work hard and take pride in your work no matter what it is. I still follow that advice and have already tried to pass it on to my children. They of course ignored me.

7. If Democrats and Republicans had theme songs for 2012 what would they be?

For the Democrats it would be “Liar” by The Sex Pistols. For the Republicans it has to be “Stuck in the Middle With You” by Stealers Wheel

8. Who would be on the perfect Red Eye panel?

Me (of course), Bill Schulz, the late great Andrew Breitbart, Thaddeus McCotter and Carrie Keegan.

9. What canceled TV show would you put back on the air?

The original Star Trek. But it would take place in an assisted living starship.

10. Many have said that Washington D.C. is like Hollywood for ugly people. How do you think D.C. is like Hollywood? How is it different?

The backstabbing, ruthlessness and lying are the same. The money in Hollywood is better than D.C. until you retire and become a lobbyist or use inside info to trade stocks.

11. What one thing would you do as President "just because you could"?

I would make NASCAR let me say “Gentlemen start your engines” at every race and I would start Video Game Friday for cabinet meetings.

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to become more vocal about your political beliefs.

I’ve never been called quiet about anything in my life. However I’m also not one of those people who thinks that because I have been moderately successful at playing make believe for a living that I am supposed to tell you who to vote for. That being said I think everyone should write in Dick Cheney in November. I know what I’m talking about because I am an ACTOR.

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Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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