When Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn needs a boost, leftists tend to deliver. The first was a year ago when Twitter tried to quash her candidacy announcement video. The effort gave her more views then she ever could have purchased. Now singer Taylor Swift has weighed in and handed Blackburn the topic of her next fundraising mailer.
Swift, usually silent when it comes to anything political, couldn’t help herself. Things that have happened across the country and in her personal life over the past two years prompted her to speak out and throw support to Democrat Phil Bredesen. She also declared she’d be voting for Jim Cooper for the House of Representatives.
Her post came on Instagram Sunday night.
“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee,” Swift began in her letter. “In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”
“I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country,” she continued. “I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent.”
This can actually go either way. Yes, Blackburn will certainly get a boost to her fundraising, but such a high-profile endorsement for her competitor will draw attention to a race in which she is already slightly behind. The question is whether or not Swift will draw voters to follow her lead.
I sincerely hope Blackburn wins now more than ever. Democrats have a stranglehold over stars from the entertainment industries. This gives them an advantage on fundraising and exposure. Every time celebrities venture out of their protective bubbles and get political, my instant reaction is to hope their candidates lose. It’s not just because they’re usually Democrats.
I may not agree with leftist political scholars, but I’d rather hear their arguments over those of people who have sway because of their ability to entertain instead an ability to assess governmental situations. The noise they create drowns out relevant voices on both sides.