Top of the Ticket

Political commentary from Andrew Malcolm

« Previous Post | Top of the Ticket Home | Next Post »

Lady Gaga and Nevada Democrat Harry Reid debate military policy on Twitter. Kind of.

On Tuesday, Lady Gaga and Sen. Harry Reid communicated via Twitter. The universe did not implode.

Many political reporters, though, rejoiced in typing phrases such as “meat dress” and “meat purse.” That never happens after a presidential news conference. Then again … what is President Obama’s position on the appropriateness of the “meat hat?”

The subject of the Twitter chat was actually quite serious: the potential repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which a federal judge recently declared unconstitutional. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Gaga had implored opponents of (in Twitterspeak) DADT to call Reid and demand the Senate vote on the issue.

Gaga, who has nearly 6.3 million followers on Twitter (where she is pictured with flame-throwers strapped to her chest and groin), tweeted on Tuesday: Gay Veterans were my VMA dates. Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. CALL HARRY REILady Gaga in her new meat dressD to Schedule Senate Vote

Harry Reid’s campaign, which has about 4,100 followers and no pictures of the embattled Senate majority leader in any kind of meat wear, replied: @ladygagaThere is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so

Gaga: God Bless and Thank you @HarryReid, from all of us, like u, who believe in equality and the dream of this country. We were #BORNTHISWAY.

("Born This Way," we should note, is the name of Gaga’s upcoming album, or so she announced at the recent MTV Video Music Awards, where she also wore enough raw meat to satisfy a pack of rabid dogs.)

Reid: @ladygagaIt's the right thing to do. Come back to Vegas soon! #nvsen #DADT

(Majority leader invitation aside, it’s a safe bet she will. Gaga's hit “Poker Face” was used in a commercial for the Palms hotel-casino, and “Bad Romance” is the unofficial theme song for most Las Vegas hook-ups.)

What followed was a frenzy of retweets and semi-snarky commentaries. Well, lke this blog item itself. We also learned that Gaga does not, in fact, run the U.S. Senate (a vote on DADT had already been scheduled) and that Reid, a Nevada Democrat, might be more culturally aware than we assumed – if you believe he writes his own Tweets and the first magazine he reads each week is People. We are suspicious.

Then again, The Killers, whose members hail from Las Vegas, did play at a rally for Reid in July. (Attendees hoping for "Somebody Told Me” instead heard the Nevada state song, “Home Means Nevada.") So did Sarah McLachlan. Perhaps Reid is cooler than his curmudgeonly persona. We remain suspicious.

Regardless, on a day when several polls showed Reid remained in a tight race with his GOP challenger, Sharron Angle(who has about 5,200 Twitter followers), the spotlight switched entirely to Gaga. Changing the subject in a high-profile political campaign? Now that’s a lady with power.

For more on L.G. than you could ever imagine wanting to know, click here on our expert, Christie over at MOG.

--Ashley Powers

The Ticket is as tech-savvy as Harry Reid. Follow us @latimestot. Our Facebook Like page is over here. We're also available here on Kindle now.

Photo: Mike Blake / Reuters (Democrat Sen. Harry Reid; no, just kidding. This is Lady Gaga in her new meat dress.)

Comments () | Archives (5)

The comments to this entry are closed.

Lady Gaga...Bill Mahar...what's the difference?

Can someone PLEASE inform these two fools to Shut Up!


Watching CNN and most other liberal media's caracter assasination of a couple r epublicans with an ''attitude'' primary winners one is sort of
distracted from the reality of the many odd balls presently serving in the house and senate for the dems.Why aren't the same media commenting with
the same virulence about nut jobs like kucinich and Franken ? or the ethically
challenged Rangel and Waters who the dem primary voters have just
re-embraced ?S. Angle,R. Paul & C. O'donnel are surely not perfect but does
any one believe that Pelosi and Reed are not infinitely more toxic ?Blago is
beeing harrassed for mouthing of while the real saboteurs of our free enterprise system are getting away with murder.

At least Sen. Harry Reid is finally communicating with someone on his own level.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...

About the Columnist
A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
President Obama
Republican Politics
Democratic Politics



Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: