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The Velvet Underground's Moe Tucker is having a party: A tea party

Moe_tucker I got deluged with e-mails this morning from old music biz pals who are (pick one) outraged, depressed or scandalized by the news that Velvet Underground drummer Maureen (Moe) Tucker, an undeniable icon of cool in the 1960s, is now a "tea party" zealot. According to the Huffington Post, whose story is basically a rewrite of a piece from England's Guardian newspaper, a woman identified as Tucker was interviewed on TV earlier this year, complaining that Barack Obama is leading the country toward socialism. (When the Huffington Post reached Tucker at her home in Georgia, she confirmed her identity but wouldn't discuss her political views.)

Of course, in the '60s, pretty much every rock musician was in favor of socialism, not just because he or she was a share-the-wealth style outsider and idealist, but because he figured that at least under socialism he'd get paid some money (under music industry capitalism, virtually all of the moolah went straight into the record company coffers). Still, it comes as a shock to imagine that someone like Tucker, whose band was the epitome of counterculture cool, could now reemerge as an angry protester being quoted as referring to the president as "King Obama," adding that "I have come to believe (not just wonder) that Obama's plan is to destroy American from within."

It's startling, just as it would be for people on the right if a staunch conservative such as former Reagan administration cabinet member Bill Bennett suddenly surfaced, advocating legalizing drugs and raising taxes on the rich. I mean, the horror! I'm sure that the right will embrace Tucker as one of its own, taking great pleasure in seeing such a lefty cult hero having joined the tea party ranks. But if I were a liberal, I wouldn't be so surprised. After all, Tucker fits the tea party profile, being older, white and living in a small town. It turns out that the people who lost faith in the system when they were young are just as likely to lose faith again now.   

Photo: Maureen (Moe) Tucker, second from left, with Velvet Underground members Sterling Morrison, Lou Reed and John Cale. Credit: Gerard Malanga / Polydor Records

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Winston Churchill said that if a man is not a liberal when he is young he has no heart and if a man is not a conservative by the time he gets older, he has no brains. A + Moe !

to mr. goldstein:
middle aged guy from a small town?
but, you aren't racial profiling are you?

growing old is not for wimps, but the really fearful ones become tea party members

I balance Moe out.

I was raised in a rabidly conservative household, but over my lifetime I have evolved into a staunch left-wing progressive. It took a while -- through my 20's it was gradual, but once I hit 30 I saw the light and my move to the left zoomed at lightning speed.

When I look back now to the fact that I actually gave a speech in high school assembly in support of Goldwater for President, and actually voted for Richard Nixon the first time he ran, I cringe and am embarrassed.

Rally to Restore Sanity. 10-30-10. On the Mall. Be There!

Hey Waldo,
You're an idiot.

I must say that I dont really care for her political leanings or about them, for that matter. She is entitled to her beliefs as is everyone else.

What is amazing is that this article becomes fuel for the "anti-leftist" rantings of those who dont like liberals and the Times in particular. I have to wonder if these idiots wake up with some sort of weird mantra in their heads every morning "down with socialism" or some such nonsense.

I can hardly wait to hear their songs change when they want something from government that they cannot provide for themselves.

You people need to grow up and get a perspective on life and on what it means to have a society and live in one. If you dont like that concept then find a jungle and see how you like living there, without rules or help.

Just another red-neck anti-social anti-socialist.

Georgia is a pretty toxic political and social environment. It just figures that it would spawn diseased anti-social thinking.

Why is this woman being described as a "zealot" in the Times byline?
Just because someone feels (rightfully!)that Obama is leading America towards socialism doesn't constitute being a zealot.
Sounds like a common sense turn of events to me.

She's clearly insane.

@Moe Tucker: (If that really is THE Moe Tucker posting), I agree with you about voting by issue and not by party. I have voted for candidates in every party depending on their stance on a particular issue that resonated with me and am currently registered as an Independent. Are we individuals who can think for ourselves or are we lemmings? I'm not a tea party person, but frankly, from what I've read about the movement, I think these people are thinking more as individuals than toeing a party line.

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