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Can Lady Gaga Save Harry Reid from Sharron Angle?

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Could Lady Gaga be Harry Reid’s savior?

This week, Reid’s Senate re-election campaign got a boost that money can’t buy, thanks to Lady Gaga’s Twitter love notes to him about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — and her postings urging millions of fans to “CALL HARRY REID” to schedule a vote on repealing the policy that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military.

Anyone under 30 who may not have known the Nevada Democrat or his position as Senate majority leader certainly does now.

Reid is in a dead-heat with Republican and Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. This week, a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Nevada found Reid and Angle tied at 48 percent. A CNN-Time poll has similar results.

Note to Harry: You may need to call in Mama Monster and her fans — known as Little Monsters — for reinforcements.

Reid is a 71-year-old politician whose brightest days may be behind him. Lady Gaga is a 24-year-old tsunami who knows how to get attention and politically energize the base that belonged to President Obama in 2008. Imagine if Lady Gaga went door-to-door with Reid. What red-white-and-blue creation would she wear? The imagination reels.

Reid, who follows pop culture, has targeted young voters in the past. In July, the Las Vegas band The Killers performed at a campaign rally for Reid. His spokesman, Jim Manley, told The New York Times earlier this week that Reid absolutely knows who Lady Gaga is, even though Reid’s musical tastes trend “more towards Wilco and The Killers. But the (“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”) provision is facing fierce opposition from Senate Republicans next week, so he’ll take support anywhere he can get it.”

Angle is trying to lure Sarah Palin to officially endorse her. Palin has donated $2,500 to Angle’s campaign. In October, Obama will campaign with Reid in Nevada.

But Lady Gaga is the one Reid needs before Nov. 2.

Lady Gaga, who won eight MTV Video Music Awards Sunday night, would be the perfect fit to shake up Reid’s campaign. Neither Wilco nor The Killers have the rabid, obsessive following that Lady Gaga possesses. Neither band gets the press coverage that Lady Gaga does. They aren’t household names.

With one tweet, Lady Gaga could activate her national base of nearly 18 million Facebook fans and 6.3 million Twitter followers to help Harry Reid save his job with grassroots activism and dollars. A Gaga television or radio ad could play very well in America’s playground – Las Vegas. Reid could promote Lady Gaga’s message of love and unity to counter the vicious attack ads by Angle.

At Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga showed up with four retired gay veterans from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network as escorts. The appearance inspired Colorado college students Lauren and Ellie to make YouTube video calling on Sen. Michael Bennett (D-Colo.) to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

On Wednesday, Bennett responded to the pair via YouTube. He supports the repeal.

“Michael appreciates feedback from his constituents, and as a former superintendent of schools he encourages young people to engage in democracy and to make sure their voices are heard,” Adam Bozzi, spokesman for Bennett, told Politics Daily.

Lady Gaga could be the Left’s answer to Palin. She has taken on the hate group, Westboro Baptist Church, and the immigration brouhaha in Arizona. A rumor circulates in the LGBT community that she may show up in Washington next week for the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” vote. She speaks, and a generation listens, retweets and activates.

The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Web site currently has a post with instructions to Lady Gaga fans about how to call their senators.

“Tell your senators to vote with Sen. Reid and Sen. Carl Levin in opposing the filibuster, defeat amendments to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments,” the site says. “Senators should follow the lead of Sen. Carl Levin who will be managing the defense bill.”

One comment on the site said, “Thank you Lady Gaga! I called my Senators from Iraq . . . it took all of three minutes (one minute was dedicated to all the numbers I had to push on the telephone). Lets keep the pressure up!”

Harry Reid’s campaign Twitter account spent Wednesday responding to Little Monsters who had replied to his “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” action. The account had also started following some of Lady Gaga’s fans. One fan, HausofGem, wrote, “I want to thank Mr. @HarryReid. 1. For following me. 2. For supporting #DADT.”

Reid should harness these Lady Gaga fans and lure them to his side. And quick. As Lady Gaga would say: Paws up, Harry.


Written by suziparker1313

March 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

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