daily lintel

What Are Jeremy Lin’s Politics?

Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks looks on against the Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2012 in New York City.
Jeremy Lin is an enigma. Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

In an election season in which everyone from Chuck Norris to the lead singer of Megadeth has gone public with their political endorsements, we still don’t know who America’s most beloved citizen, Jeremy Lin, is supporting in 2012. In fact, even the barest outlines of his political leanings remain a mystery. Is he a Democrat? Republican? Independent? Indifferent? What party will he run under in his future candidacy for mayor of New York? These are questions — very, very important questions —  we tried to answer today, to no avail.

The easiest way to figure out where Lin’s political allegiances lie — besides, you know, talking to him, which isn’t exactly easy to do these days — is by looking up his party affiliation. But an official at the registrar of voters in Santa Clara County, Lin’s home county, told us that he was not, in fact, registered to vote there. Lin also isn’t registered to vote in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent four years while attending Harvard. And a search of public voter registration records in Nexis didn’t find Lin registered anywhere. Dead end. 

The one thing we do know about Lin’s politics, we learned last night thanks to a post-game interview:

After the Knicks’$2 100-85 win over the Kings, Lin was asked about the president tuning in to watch him play.

“I’m very, very honored and very humbled,” Lin said. “I mean, wow, the President. Nothing better than that.”

While Lin does sound pretty excited, those brief remarks hardly indicate that he’s an Obama supporter, or a liberal. Anyone would be flattered to count the president as a personal fan. Except, of course, someone who thinks Obama is a Kenyan-born Antichrist, hell bent on destroying America. So now we know Lin isn’t that. (Phew.)

What Are Jeremy Lin’s Politics?