Rock the Vote's celebrities have sketchy voter records 

click to enlarge Whoopi Goldberg, who appeared in a pro-voting ad for Rock the Vote, failed to vote in the last midterm election. - ERIC RISBERG/AP
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  • Whoopi Goldberg, who appeared in a pro-voting ad for Rock the Vote, failed to vote in the last midterm election.

When it comes to voting, do what Rock the Vote's celebrity pitch-people say, not what they do.

The Washington Post pointed out that Natasha Lyonne, Lena Dunham, Whoopi Goldberg and others in a recent Rock the Vote public-service ad -- designed to encourage young people to put down the Xbox controllers for a few minutes and exercise their political rights -- failed to vote in the 2010 midterms.

The ad features celebrities dancing to a parody of Lil Jon's song "Turn Down for What" called "#TURNOUTFORWHAT." The Rock the Vote campaign wasn't ruffled by its stars' sketchy voting histories.

"We believe individuals who have missed opportunities to vote in the past should not be disqualified from committing to participate in the political process in the future," a Rock the Vote representative told the Post.

Any folks who want to prove they're smarter than the average celebrity can hit the polling booth today.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU WATCH

"Doctor Who" is for Democrats and "Duck Dynasty" is for Republicans. At least according to Entertainment Weekly's new survey of the TV habits of highly partisan people.

The magazine teamed up with Experian Marketing Services to study 25,000 adults for the report, which includes some surprises -- who knew liberals were true-blue fans of "This Old House," or that conservatives were red-hot for "Top Gear"? Red-staters also tended to favor real estate-related shows like "Rent or Buy" and cop programs, while blue-staters' favorites included "The Daily Show" and plenty of PBS, the kale of television programming (don't get too smug there, lefties -- the poll knows you love E!'s "Fashion Police").

"New Girl" somehow made it onto both lists, suggesting Zooey Deschanel's bangs have much to teach the nation about consensus-building and bipartisanship.

QUICK TAKES

Tom Magliozzi, who hosted NPR's "Car Talk" with his brother Ray, died Monday at age 77 from Alzheimer's disease complications. ... Christian Bale has dropped out of director Danny Boyle's biopic of late Apple CEO Steve Jobs. ... Employees at popular Mission dive Uptown are reportedly trying to buy the bar after the death of owner Scott Ellsworth this year, according to the Capp Street Crap blog.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Rapper Diddy is 45. ... Actor Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club") is 45. ... Actor Ralph Macchio ("Karate Kid") is 53. ... Comedian Kathy Griffin is 54. ... Actress Loretta Swit ("M*A*S*H") is 77.

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