At first, it seemed like just a coincidence.
The day after Lady GaGa took discharged servicemembers with her on the red carpet to the Video Music Awards and gave a shout-out to repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell during an acceptance speech, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) scheduled a Senate vote on the rule that bars openly gay servicemembers.
But now Reid’s campaign is tweeting GaGa that they are listening to her concerns about DADT.
The tweet appears to be in response to GaGa’s earlier tweet where she posted a picture with the servicemembers at the VMAs and added, “Gay Veterans were my VMA dates. Repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. CALL HARRY REID to Schedule Senate Vote.”
Now, no one seriously believes that Lady GaGa is influencing Reid. But the exchange illustrates the desire for the Reid Senate campaign, where he is facing Tea Party candidate Sharron Angle, to show it is hip to younger voters. It also shows that DADT is an issue that resonates with the Lady GaGa generation–no matter what Camille Paglia thinks–and that pop stars can play a role in pushing the debate.
UPDATE: It appears Lady GaGa and Harry Reid are now Twitter BFFs. Here’s her response to his earlier tweet:
And DADT activist Dan Choi has also taken notice, tweeting: “Thank you, @LadyGaga @HarryReid for your bad romance! We will continue to push in the ways we can.”
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