A songster named Pudge -- AKA Snohomish County computer programmer Chris Nandor, 35 -- appears to be YouTube's top finisher in a competition to pose>"/>
A songster named Pudge -- AKA Snohomish County computer programmer Chris Nandor, 35 -- appears to be YouTube's top finisher in a competition to pose video questions for Gov. Chris Gregoire and campaign rival Dino Rossi. The question is: What is Pudge's question?
An Arlington Republican, Nandor might be remembered for wowing the audience and candidates with his video at December's CNN/YouTube Republican presidential debate in Florida. Even Chuck Norris, Mike Huckabee's presumptive ambassador to Vietnam, said it was "an honor" to meet the dulcet-toned Pudge.
In the current YouTube "YouChoose 08" contest -- which ends with a showing of Republican Rossi's and Democrat Gregoire's responses to the top five videos this coming Tuesday -- Nandor's entry, a 4-minute guitar/vocal parody of Gregoire, is question-less. Still, as of this morning, it has 1,589 views, tops among the 33 videos submitted by this week's deadline.
If the satire winds up a winner, both candidates may have a tough time trying to respond to what is more a comment than a question. Called "Christine, Christine, Christine," the song's lyrics already appear to have confused some Gregoire supporters.
Pudge, seemingly a Gregoire fan, sings:
Alone I can't do anything, I don't know what I'll do; Christine, you are my everything, It's all up to you; Christine, Christine, Christine
But Pudge, actually a Rossi backer, also sings:
I quit my job last week, Christine, I know I'll be OK; You'll keep me fed and clothed, my dear, Drive all my fears away
You buy me much more every year, You've got the cash to spend; Next year you'll run out, But you can worry 'bout it then
In a comments box, one viewer wrote: "I wish I were as good a mommy as she sounds like!" Typed another: "Very well done! Did Christine compose the song?" (But who knows, maybe that was satire, too).
Nandor, a contributor to conservative blog SoundPolitics and whose other musical takeoffs include "George Bush is Hitler" and "Osama Bin Laden, You Ruined My Birthday," has another YouChoose entry as well - a more sobering video in which he asks the candidates what they would do about a child rape case. But that entry isn't in the top five.
The current No. 2 most-viewed (1,044) is a question from "Rosa of Tacoma," who asks how the candidates stand on the personal decision by pharamacists to not sell morning-after pills. The least viewed? That would be the question from Seattle Urban League leader James Kelly. He asks the candidates to value "the paramount duty" of funding education in the state. It got 93 views.