January 10, 2005
I thought I should say something about the kerfluffle over Kid Rock
playing the inauguration, but there's nothing else to say except I'm all fer it. Kid Rock understands
the threat of terrorism, he split with his friends
when they went to see Fahrencrap 9/11
, and he's performed in Iraq because he loves his country.
I do think there is something larger at work here. Many of the bloggers who disagree with Michelle Malkin have discussed the future direction of the Republican party. I think this Kid Rock dilemma is indicative of the split between the old timey GOP and the South Park Republicans. We're at a bit of a crossroads here, and the decision over whether or not to include Kid Rock is nothing to sneeze at.
I know that the GOP isn't just fat rich WASPs, but that stereotype still exists for many on the Left. Kid Rock's inclusion at the inauguration could do a lot to break down that stereotype and show young people that it's OK to be a Republican.
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Sarah - I agree. Kid Rock has made countless trips to support our troops in theatre. Regardless of the music he makes, he gets 'it'. I think people who would try to stop him from performing are hypocrites. Let'em play.
Posted by: Kathleen A at January 10, 2005 07:01 AM (vnAYT)
As I recall the GOP is also a LOT of military and veterans. I'm not sure of the exact numbers but I recall a survey last year that placed Active Duty, Reserves, and National Guard at 13% Democrat, 73% Republican, 10% independant, with the remainder being clueless (or drunk in TJ).
I'm sure someone must remember the exact numbers but they're extremely heavy on GOP. As an ex-member of the 13% I've always wondered if being a Republican makes you more likely to want to serve your country, or if wanting to serve your country tends to make you a Republican. I know the latter eventually proved true for me.
Posted by: Kalroy at January 10, 2005 10:32 AM (i9w6W)
I think you're bang on that the kerfufle is indicitive of something bigger. I think in a few years, we'll see 3 political parties - social/fiscal conservatives, social liberals/fiscal conservatives, and social/fiscal liberals (especially if Howard Dean gets the DNC nod). People know we need to hang together now to just get the war won, but as things are perceived to calm down, I think we'll see some changes...
Posted by: Lyana at January 12, 2005 12:11 PM (TIbZX)
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