I haven’t understood anything Sean Penn has said in years but I thought he was great in “Dead Man Walking.” I know he hates President Bush, which many other people join him in. But Penn’s visits to other dictators really turn me off and I’ve pretty much written him off as a California wackjob. (No offense to any normal Californians -are there any?)

But then what sense do I make of this:

Asked if he would be joining other Hollywood A-listers in pledging support for Obama, Penn gave him a less than ringing endorsement and warned that he has an awful lot to live up to.

”I don’t have a candidate I’m supporting and I’m certainly interested and excited by the hope that Barack Obama is inspiring,” he said, but went on to accuse him of a “phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional” voting record.

”I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn’t become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said.

There’s no way he could mean what I think he means, can he? Of course my mind jumps to the fact that Obama is so wacky on abortion that he actually voted for infanticide. But can this be what Penn means?

Penn probably hates Obama because Obama isn’t for legalizing hemp or something like that, right? Thoughts?