Watch the moonwalking politician Internet video. A politician might not be the best reason to pay attention to lawmakers. However, the antics seem to be working for Edmond Talmacean. The 40-year-old has inspired national headlines with his Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves.The dance was on a television show where he also made impersonations of the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. His impersonation of a well-known sports commentator during a serious political debate also stunned other lawmakers into silence. His message is appealing to the younger generation.
However, party bosses say enough is enough and have ordered him to tone down. Prime Minister Emil Boc declared the routine was more suited to “showbiz” than politics, while Vasile Blaga of the Democratic Liberal Party said the fringe lawmaker should head over to the TV program “Dancing with the Stars.”
Despite the official disapproval, Talmacean is trending big time, gossiped about in coffee bars and hairdressing shops. Traffic to his political blog has soared, boosting it from 49th most viewed to the seventh in just two weeks.
“I think he expressed the way he felt, which is good,” said Valentina Tudor, 25, a sandwich vendor in Bucharest, the capital. “It’s not as if he stole or did something bad. He is talented. I can’t imagine (President) Basescu doing the moonwalk.”
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