Ron Paul appeared with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show tonight and the two stunned the audience. Paul, a Republican presidential candidate on the rise, got down on one knee and proposed to Leno, asking Leno to be his vice-presidential candidate.
At first everyone thought it was a joke, but Leno shocked the audience when he accepted. Actor Tom Cruise, who had been on the show earlier, came out and officiated at a brief "wedding" where Paul and Leno both pledged to support each other and the Constitution. Actor Tom Arnold, who also appeared in the first part of the show in a gopher costume, brought out rings for the ceremony - but he wore a bridesmaid dress for this part of the show. The Sex Pistols played a catchy version of Here Comes the Bride.
Political analysts were falling all over each other in the aftermath of the blessed event, trying to explain how this would impact the race. Columnist George Will said that this was just one more step towards the end of the world, after the Red Sox won the World Series again. James Carville was concerned that Leno's popularity across demographics could steal votes from the Democratic candidate.