Sometimes in life, we get what we deserve. That was the case the other day when Barack Obama earned the endorsement of the highly respected General Colin Powell.
It was also the case when Mitt Romney got stuck on stage with an obviously drunk and off-key 65-year-old Meatloaf in front of 12,000 people. If that sounds bad, watch it:
This was not Paradise by the dashboard light. You could see it in Romney’s face that this experience was not in the Republican candidate’s Big Book of Good Things, to be stuck on stage with three drunk musicians: Meatloaf, John Rich, and Randy Owen.
Trending on Twitter last night? #MITTLOAF
Mittloaf. Now THAT is something to take into Election Day. Talk about momentum.
And creepy? I agree with Marika Shaub on Twitter who asked,
— Marika Shaub (@marikatogo) October 26, 2012
Yes, Meatloaf has endorsed Mitt Romney. It’s the first time he has ever endorsed a candidate, he says. I say his lack of expeience shows.
Here is what he had to say for Mittloaf:
“There has storm clouds come over the United States,” Meat Loaf said. (Yes, he said it that way.) “There is thunderstorms over Europe. There are hail storms – and I mean major hail storms – in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere, and there’s only one man that on the other night when President Barack Obama, God bless him, said to Mitt Romney, ‘The Cold War is over.'”
“I have never heard such a thing in my life,” Meat Loaf continued. “The man needs to understand Putin and Russia. So I want you to know that there is one man who will stand tall in this country and fight the storm and bring the United States back to what it should be – Governor Mitt Romney!”
Yes, Meatloaf, the Cold War is over. And that was kind of you to decline to mention your candidates’ investments in China. The Chinese economy thanks him.
The American economy? Not so much.
Michael Barbaro took to the Caucus Blogs on the New York Times to talk about what he terms Meatloaf’s “meandering, meteorologically themed endorsement of Mitt Romney and opined that “Mr. Romney, whose musical tastes tend toward soft rock (the Beatles and Roy Orbison), nevertheless seemed charmed by the appearance when he took the stage.”
Charmed? Was he waching the same footage as I was?
The Washington Post manages to tell the tale with a straight face, saying that they sang America the Beautiful, which Romney says is his “favorite hymn”, while leaving out the drunk Meatloaf or Romney’s embarrassment.
It is difficult to see how Meatloaf is going to affect any change. I mean, Ann Romney can show how she prepares meatloaf on the Rachel Ray show, but Meatloaf can’t show Romney how to be presidential.
And when you stop to think about it, what captures the essence of this campaign better than the contrast in endorsements: Colin Powell, respected soldier and statesman, for Barack Obama; and Meatloaf, drunken has-been singer for Mitt Romney? If you’re looking for gravitas, you were in the wrong place last night, Mittfans.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.