GOP candidates+Pop culture=disaster

Not sure if anyone else paid this much mind, but the other day Tim Pawlenty, former Minnesota governor/professional candidate, was trying to make the point how President Obama has lost the young voters. He came out with this dandy …

“If this was a Lady Gaga song,” he told the Iowa College Republicans in Des Moines, “the relationship between the youth vote and Barack Obama would be Bad Romance.”


Sadly, that wasn’t all. In the same speech, T-Paw (not to be confused with this guy) noted that Ed Failor (the president of Iowans for Tax Relief) lost all his hair through hard work. “When I first met Ed just some years ago,” joked Pawlenty, “he had Justin Bieber hair.”

Uh … is this thing on? Hello? Anyone? Hello?

To borrow from Bill Maher, New Rule: If you’re an older white gentleman seeking out the GOP presidential nod, don’t make pop culture references—ever. Not if your 21-year-old intern came up with it. Not if you heard Nelly mentioned on Z100 (“I thought Obama was only just a dream, and I ain’t just talking some country gramma!”). Not if you’re quite certain—like, 100 percent certain—that it’ll work (“Olivia Newton John sang Let’s Get Physical—and I’m ready to get physical in New Hampshire!”). Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever.

Unless you’re Mitt Romney.

5 thoughts on “GOP candidates+Pop culture=disaster”

  1. What’s really funny is that you know his “people” round-tabled the idea of him making these pop culture references and decided it was a good idea.

  2. Reminds me of when Reagan used Born in the USA as a rallying cry, when he didn’t remotely understand the meaning of the song.

  3. @ Shayes….yeah, Reagan misunderstood the meaning of Born in the U.S.A. during his re-election campaign and Springsteen called him out on it. It cost Reagan dearly. He only 49 out of 50 states. If only Reagan was hip enough to make a “pop culture reference” he might have won all 50 states.

    REAGAN 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Ronbo

    I am guessing most people didn’t get the meaning of Born In the USA. It really showed how culturally out of it the Reagan people were. There were plenty of other reasons why people should have voted against Reagan.

  5. That’s when the Democrats were at their weakest. Reagan clobbered Carter/Mondale in 1980 and they run Mondale in ’84…..why? If an incumbent President can’t beat Reagan, they why did they run the losing Veep? Then he picks Ferraro as the first woman VP, gets a bounce in the polls only to find her husband has mob ties and the party ends up with 13 electoral votes. The Dems were absolutely pathetic in the 1980s. As for the meaning of Born in the USA that people didn’t get, the original acoustic version which was recorded during the Nebraska sessions is much darker and the same words have much more meaning. When they put it on the Born in the USA album, they added the famous keyboard riff that makes the song sound much more like and “anthem” and the meaning of the words is easier to get lost. Personally, I prefer the original acoustic version of the song.

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