But then if John Ashcroft would just sing…

But then if John Ashcroft would just sing…

: If even the Washington Times is making fun of the GOP, you know it has to be bad:

The most forlorn soul at the Republican National Convention in New York next week may be the “celebrity liaison,” that dutiful GOPer whose job it will be to shuttle actors and musicians to Madison Square Garden….

An announcement from Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie promises musical acts that “range from country to classical and from blues to punk.” That might be true technically (although I’m not sure who fits the punk billing), but a more accurate release would have said, “a lot of country, a little gospel … and anybody else we could scare up.”

Brooks & Dunn, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Darryl Worley

  • http://twistedspinster.com/ Andrea Harris

    Well jeez, is it supposed to be a political rally or a rock concert? And by the way — I’m no country music fan but I know who Brooks and Dunn are, at least. Anyway, maybe with the lack of celebrity egos sucking oxygen out of the room these “unknowns” and “lesser lights” will actually perform well. Or should the Republicans jump on the Suckup to Big Names bandwagon?

  • http://twistedspinster.com/ Andrea Harris

    Well jeez, is it supposed to be a political rally or a rock concert? And by the way — I’m no country music fan but I know who Brooks and Dunn are, at least. Anyway, maybe with the lack of celebrity egos sucking oxygen out of the room these “unknowns” and “lesser lights” will actually perform well. Or should the Republicans jump on the Suckup to Big Names bandwagon?

  • http://twistedspinster.com/ Andrea Harris

    Oops — sorry about that.

  • Person of Choler

    Mark Steyn presents an amplification of Ms. Harris’s point, headlined thus:
    “Dems play second fiddle to celebrity egos”
    http://www.suntimes.com/output/steyn/cst-edt-steyn22.html

  • Chris Josephson

    I’d support a law banning all celebs. from future political conventions, unless they were running.
    (Being sarcastic .. world not really.)
    For me one of the worse things to happen to the Democrats has been their marriage to Hollywood.
    I wish they’d get a divorce. I hope the Republicans don’t feel the need to compete in the celebrity sweepstakes.
    For me, celebrities have their place. I look to be entertained by them. PERIOD. Unless they are running for public office I would prefer to leave them out of politics.

  • http://jeffbrokaw.net/notes/ Jeff Brokaw

    I’ll bet Brooks and Dunn, etc. cry all the way to the bank about not being considered “A-list” by an East coast journalist. Somehow country music thrives in spite of this huge handicap.

  • Rachel

    But, actually this lack of celebrities is a major coup! Most people, even those who live and die by their US subscription, have a love-hate relationship with the famous. We love ‘em and yet, we’re thrilled when they fuck up or shit happens. Never underestimate the power of Schadenfreude. Trust me–I’ve been in entertainment journalism (can I use those two words together? Of course!) and while teenage girls and the woefully naive will buy face cream and diet soda based on a celebrity endorsement, an equal number assumes that if Susan Sarandon/Halle Berry likes something–it must suck! No celeb is without baggage (Halle–hit and run driver, battered wife–what does she know?) and that baggage can negate even the best image.
    We know too much about the stars to really buy their views whole-heartedly. If we’d known that Jane Fonda was upchucking lunch, would we have been so hot to believe her politics? Why would I vote like Ben Affleck–drunk and gambler and JLo plaything?