Danny Gokey, Taylor Hicks, Ayla Brown to Sing For Republicans

The Republican National Committee has released a schedule of entertainment for the upcoming Republican National Convention taking place in Tampa FL next week, and there are a few American Idol alums performing.

Season 8 alum, Danny Gokey and Season 5 alum Ayla Brown are set for Wednesday. Ayla’s father Scott Brown is s Republican Senator from Massachusetts. He’s also running for re-election.

On Thursday, Season 5 winner, Taylor Hicks will perform. And, America’s Got Talent winner, Neal Boyd, will perform on Tuesday.

From a press release:

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 24, 2012 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Besides the serious business of nominating the next president and vice president of the United States, there will also be plenty of quality entertainment at the 2012 Republican National Convention, organizers promised today.

“We’ve booked outstanding performers and world-famous acts,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who today announced the entertainers who will be on hand. “The convention attendees will be treated to special performances they will remember for a very long time.”

Performers will cover the spectrum of music genres, Priebus said, “Everything from pop and rock to country and gospel.”

The performance lineup will feature an exclusive, worldwide premiere of “One Light,” a new single from the Grammy award-winning rock band, 3 Doors Down. The group has sold more than 20 million recordings since its 2000 debut.

“We are honored to be asked to play the RNC and are excited about our performance,” said Brad Arnold, lead singer of 3 Doors Down. “We consider it a privilege.”

Other performers include Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Oak Ridge Boys, Neal Boyd, Randy Owens, Jack Blades of Night Ranger, Taylor Hicks and BeBe Winans.

The complete list of entertainers performing at the Republican Convention is as follows:

The House Band

GE Smith & the GE Smith Band George Edward “G. E.” Smith is an American guitarist. He was the lead guitarist in the band Hall & Oates and the musical director of Saturday Night Live. Smith was lead guitarist of Bob Dylan’s touring band from June 7, 1988 to October 19, 1990. http://gesmithmusic.wordpress.com

Monday, August 27

Oak Ridge Boys The Oak Ridge Boys are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The group was founded in the 1940s as the Oak Ridge Quartet. They became popular in southern gospel during the 1950s. http://oakridgeboys.com

Conrad Oberg Conrad is a seventeen year-old musician and vocalist from Jacksonville, Florida who is legally blind. He has been playing music since the age of two. He has received accolades on an international level, being chosen by 12 million Cartoon Network viewers as the most talented teen musician in the country. http://www.conradoberg.com/about.html

Lynyrd Skynyrd Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and American Icon, Lynyrd Skynyrd is an American rock band best known for popularizing the Southern rock genre during the 1970s with their signature hits like Sweet Home Alabama, Freebird and many others. http://www.lynyrdskynyrd.com

Tuesday, August 28

Philip Alongi New Jersey native Philip Alongi is an exciting young tenor whose powerful voice matches his stature. He has performed over a dozen major operatic roles throughout the U.S. http://www.philipalongi.com/opera/Home.html

Neal E. Boyd Neal E. Boyd is an American pop opera singer. He is best known as the 2008 winner of America’s Got Talent. Neal resides in Missouri where he is a candidate for the State’s 160th House District Seat. http://nealeboydformissouri.com/

Lane Turner Michael Lane Turner is an American singer-songwriter. Signed to Warner Bros. Records since 2004, he released two singles for the label, including “Always Wanting More,” which reached No. 56 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 2004. http://www.newcountrystar.com/LaneTurner.htm

Randy Owen Randy Owen is an American country music artist. He is known primarily for his role as the lead singer of Alabama, a country rock band that saw considerable mainstream success throughout the 1980s and 1990s. http://www.randyowen.com

Jack Blades Jack Martin Blades is an American musician. He has worked in several bands: Rubicon, Night Ranger, and Damn Yankees. He also recorded with Tommy Shaw under the name Shaw/Blades, and has done work alongside TMG, the Tak Matsumoto Group. http://www.jackblades.net

3 Doors Down From that first explosive burst of Kryptonite which ignited their storied career at the top of last decade, to subsequent multi-platinum albums, and a non-stop touring regimen that finds them still notching shows around the world at a record pace, 3 Doors Down have earned a hard-fought pedigree as one of Rock’s most exciting and authentic radio icons. Their impressive and steady ascension up the ladder has seen them score multiple #1 hits, snag several Billboard and other awards, and log scores of sold-out shows over a growing global terrain that is nearing 40 countries. 3 Doors Down have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and have played in excess of over 1,000 shows. http://www.3doorsdown.com

Wednesday, August 29

Ayla Brown Ayla Marie Brown is an American recording artist from Wrentham, Massachusetts and former NCAA basketball player. She is also known for her American Idol showing, placing in the Top 16 on season 5 in 2006. http://www.aylabrown.com

Beau Davidson Beau Davidson is an American recording artist, actor, and model. He has appeared on Country Music Television, Great American Country, MTV and Vh1, as well as television shows and print magazines. http://www.beaudavidson.com

The Katinas The Katinas are a Contemporary Christian music group. The family of five brothers hails from American Samoa, and moved to Washington, USA after the death of their mother in 1988. They now reside in Nashville, Tennessee where they sustain a heavy touring schedule. http://thekatinas.com

Danny Gokey Daniel Jay “Danny” Gokey is an American country music singer and church music director from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was the third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol. His wife, Sophia, encouraged him to try out for American Idol and died one month before his audition from a congenital heart condition. Danny established the Sophie’s Heart Foundation in her memory to make a positive impact on students’ lives through a Music and Arts Program http://www.dannygokey.com/

Thursday, August 30

The Mighty Sound of SEVEN The acclaimed operatic talents and musical careers of Amick Byram, Charlie Harris, Frank Hernandez, John Cavazos, Kelly Ford, Phil Armstrong & Van Dobbins III have converged to form the vocal ensemble known as, SEVEN. https://thesoundofseven.com

Taylor Hicks Taylor Reuben Hicks is an American singer who won the fifth season of American Idol. Hicks got his start as a professional musician in his late teens and performed around the southeastern United States. http://taylorhicks.com

BeBe Winans Benjamin “BeBe” Winans is a gospel and R&B singer. He is a multiple Grammy, Dove, NAACP, Soul Train and Stellar-Award winning member of the noted Winans family, most members of which are also gospel artists. http://www.bebewinans.net

Tampa Gospel Choir This Tampa Bay area choir is under the leadership of Marvin Winans, Jr.

About the 2012 Republican National Convention

The 2012 Republican National Convention will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum August 27-30, 2012. Nearly 50,000 visitors are expected to come to the Tampa Bay area for the event, including delegates, alternate delegates, media and other guests. For more information about the 2012 Republican National Convention, become part of the virtual convention at www.ConventionWithoutWalls.com, visit our website www.GOPConvention2012.com and check out our official blog, Conventional Wisdom, at www.gopconvention2012.com/blog/.

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  • curly_yenta

    Taylor will be on the closing night of the convention… Thursday, Aug 30. Ayla and Danny will be on Wed, Aug 29 :)

  • bridgette12

    I had no idea that they had that many singers at a political convention. Looking at that roster of entertainers, it’s going to be a snoozefest. But then again, I don’t watch any of the conventions, it’s just a bunch of guys blowing smoke up people’s asses. 

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I think I will go to my corner and cry.  Taylor Hicks at their convention – I am so disappointed.

  • DunnoTrump

    Just another reason why Katharine should have won season 5.

  • http://twitter.com/BamadansPad Danny Latham

    Even the GOP needs some SOUL!!! 

  • curly_yenta

    This is the first logical decision the GOP has ever made….. He’ll perform in front of 18,000 delegates and millions at home. That can’t be bad ;) Hope someone can pinpoint the exact time to watch.

  • quickjessie

    Thanks so much for this handy list!  None of them will get a dollar of my hard-earned money ever.  

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    Well I won’t be watching. 

  • sagi

    Well at least they got Lynyrd Sklynyrd an 3 Doors Down. The rest…?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Yep – the list of performers go on my ‘not a red cent list’… and I’m usually pretty liberal minded and open, but I just can’t this year… too much at stake in this election and my line in the sand is drawn.

  • steph6449

    Good for them. Seems like a nice appearance to do if invited.

    I don’t think just appearing as an entertainer at a convention like this is any huge political statement. And both of the major U.S. political parties have roughly half the country in their camp. So the GOP and Democrat conventions are pretty mainstream events IMO even if any given speaker at either of them may not be someone whose views I agree with.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1462106762 Samuel Shallenberger

    Wow, so many liberals on here! I honestly don’t like any of their music, but I think higher of them now.

  • Goodvibes27

    According to Vegas Confidential, Hicks says:

    “”It’s been in the works for some time and I”m thrilled to be part of the American politician process,” Hicks told the Review-Journal in a telephone interview.
    He added, “I’m very appreciate of the opportunity to entertain America as many times as i can, whether here in Las Vegas or at one of our country’s political conventions.”
    In a prepared statement, Hicks said, “I am incredibly honored to perform at the Republican National Convention this year,” he said. “Where you’re a Democrat or Republican, we should celebrate the freedom we have to choose our leader. I’ve been offered the opportunity to lend my voice to this celebration, and I’m truly grateful.”

    Nice try trying to ride the fence Taylor LOL. I hope the paycheck is worth it.

  • biggmamajama

    People will continue to buy the music from a piece of shit like Chris Brown or Eminem, but if you happen to perform at a Republican convention, you’re cut off. Makes no sense to me.  

  • steph6449

    As a more politically conservative person, if I limited my entertainment choices to only those actors, musicians, etc. who agreed with me I could probably never go to the movies again, lol. And probably 75% of my music collection would have to go out the window :O

    I have no idea what Taylor’s political views may be. Danny’s never made any obviously partisan comments in public that I can recall. I have never picked up anything to suggest he is particularly political.

    Ayla I guess does have Republican family ties, but whether that means she has those views personally can be a different question.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    The thing is, I have always thought of Taylor as an “every day man”!  You know, someone who would support teachers, firefighter, policemen, truck drivers, waitresses, etc.  I could care less about the other acts.  :o(

  • fairlyoften

    Well, its hard not to notice how intolerant the libs are. You guys do know that Elton John played at Rush Limbaughs wedding. Its a gig, good grief. If I like the musican, I like him, I don’t care where hes singing.
    For heavens sake, I support teachers, firefighters, policemen and truck drivers, and I have been a waitress. And I’m conservative. Whats the deal? LOL

  • biggmamajama

    i don’t understand your point.  You do know that there are many, many teachers, firefighters, policemen, truck drivers, waitresses, etc. that are Republicans right?

  • steph6449

    As far as I know, both political parties have their share of teachers, firefighter, policemen, truck drivers, waitresses… Teachers’ “unions” & other organized labor are probably another story.

    Unless Taylor, Ayla, or Danny show up on the convention floor waving hardcore political posters, I don’t see much issue. Same with any AI alums who may be on the list to be announced when it’s the Democrats’ turn for their convention.

  • fairlyoften

    Oh good heavens, its an honor to play for any convention. Democratic or Republican. I think Taylor will survive along with Lynard Skn. and all the rest. :-)

  • HermeticallySealed

     Actually I don’t buy either of those. It’s a bit presuming that those who don’t approve of these guys somehow do the other two.  I can honestly say I have never bought from these three either, so no real skin off my back.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    Not to mention that it’s pretty funny for people to claim they are open-minded and then completely write someone off because their political party isn’t the same.  That kind of blanket intolerance from both Dems and Reps is why nothing ever gets resolved.  I think any open-minded person knows there is good and bad on both sides and doesn’t participate in categorically harsh judgements of entire groups of people.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    Elton has been whoring himself out for so long he should just give it away for free now. He lost me back when he chose money over solidarity with the rest of the world in boycotting South Africa for their disgusting practice of apartheid. That gets covered up and whitewashed now about Sir John since he became a knight, and a champion in the fight against AIDS. He gets props for the AIDS cause, but he’ll never escape being a sellout bitchass for playing South Africa when they under sanction for their disgusting practices regarding race – not altogether different from the Repubs if you want to be real about it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5CTSGSGATMXQESVDDD7RWQRYXU Jane

    I’m so confused as to why you think Republicans don’t support teachers, firefighters, policemen, truck drivers, waitresses, etc.  There are plenty of Republicans in all of these professions, my dear.  Goodness!

    And don’t worry, Taylor will have no problem “living this down.”  lol

  • brightones

    Well I like a number of them, and it’s an honor to perform at either convention.  Can’t believe people won’t listen to them perform or buy their music because they don’t like the candidates!!!

  • brightones

    My DIL is a teacher and a Republican and proud of it!  I know people in all of these other professions that you mention and they’re Independent – vote on who they like – not any particular party.

  • fairlyoften

    A million things I could say, but not here. Just shaking my head. Unbelievable.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Matteo-Rodrigo/1340430528 Matteo Rodrigo

    everyone has their opinions but it is hard for some people to separate someones political views and their music.  I havent been able to even consider the GOP lately because of all of their out of touch social views.  The whole abortion thing and some of the anti-gay stuff is just too much to bear.  It often feels like a bunch of old white men that clinging to the 1950s and want to take us back there. I dont really understand what fiscal conservative views have to do with all this social stuff

  • potatorocks

    I am less inclined to support an artist who supports Paul Ryan.  This is a specific ticket–Romney/Ryan—not a general republican vs democrat kind of thing.

  • bridgette12

    Have you thought that maybe it wasn’t about the money, that it was him making a statement that you can’t confront a problem if you avoid it. Visibility is important in confronting an issue. Running from it or ignoring a problem doesn’t solve it. 

  • steph6449

    So if I don’t like Joe Biden, for discussion’s sake, I should hold it against any artists who may appear on the Democrats’ convention line-up? 

    Life’s too short for me to keep track of all the possible performers and actors who support people or views I don’t agree with. 

    And in this case, just appearing at a convention to sing as entertainment isn’t necessarily political support IMO.

  • curly_yenta

    Taylor is getting paid to be at this convention.  I suspect if the Democratic party waved some money in his direction, he’d play for them as well.  Don’t know, just speculating. I’m the biggest liberal on the planet, but I know this is a big deal and he’ll play in front of a ton of people – people who probably haven’t heard him before or even know who he is.  And that I will always support.  Him playing at this Republican convention is in no way indicative of who he is supporting or even if he is registered to vote.  To me, it doesn’t matter either way.  I’m a fan of his music. 

  • curly_yenta

    He’d make a great politician himself, eh? lol………. the ‘ol ridin’ the fence approach ;)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    No. It was all about the money for Sir Elton. The only statement he was concerned about was the extra zeros in his bank statement after he took blood money for defying a sanction – not just from a political perspective, but from a moral one. He can cover himself in his awards and knighthood and honors for fighting the good fight against AIDS, but let’s be real – he sold out for the money. His is a poor example to use in trying to say ‘it’s just a gig’… would we feel the same if some alums played at KKK rally’s, or Skinhead rally’s? Just a gig after all…

  • Quaribea

    I’m afraid I lose artistic respect for people who are willing to pimp out their talents for politics.  I don’t care if it is Republican, Democratic, Independent or Libertarian.  There are just lines that shouldn’t be crossed.

  • potatorocks

    To me playing at a convention is an endorsement.  Many artists refuse to let politicians whose views they do not share use their music during the campaign because it implies an endorsement.  Actually showing up at the campaign seems even more of one.   
    I understand those who can separate the artist from their craft but I find it difficult.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    I support whomever performs at The Independent convention.  Neither Democrats nor Republications will be getting one red cent from me.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Good for Taylor.

  • lovetheusa1776

    Won’t have any problem with at least half of the country – guess they don’t count though.

  • JudyOhio

    The music is just a part of the entertainment package UNLESS the musician makes some remarks before or after his/her performance regarding their political affiliation or make some “stand” for something or another.  But I’m pretty sure it’s just about booking entertainment.  To take it a step beyond, should we not stay and XYZ hotel should we ever have to stay in Tampa because they are housing republicans for the week, or not hire any catering company because they catered the convention, etc. etc.  Nah.  (of course some artists are extremely vocal ’bout their politics, but we all pretty much know who they are, lol).  Republicans or Democrats, convention wise, “the show must go on.”  No biggie.

  • songsungblue

    I love having another reason to despise that bucketful of smarminess known as Danny Gokey.  Ugh, he’s such a tool.  And Taylor – no words.  I think Ayla Brown though – she’s their speed.  Heh. 

    I’m egalitarian for the most part, but supporting Paul Ryan – no

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Taylor is getting paid to be at this convention.  I suspect if the Democratic party waved some money in his direction, he’d play for them as well.

    I don’t think so. This isn’t “just a gig.” It’s about celebrating one particular political party, its platform, and its nominees. I’m going to assume that Taylor is a Republican, and, in that case, it is a great honor for him to be asked.  And, good for him! On the other hand, if he is not a Republican, he should be ashamed of himself for performing at the convention.   I don’t appreciate  him accepting the job and then making a statement that implies it’s not about one party or the other, and he’s just celebrating the Good Old USA. Good lord. No self-respecting Democrat would perform at the Republican convention and visa versa. Artists do not consider it “just another gig.” It is, most definitely a political statement. Man up, Taylor. 

     I think Taylor will survive along with Lynard Skn.

    Oh, the irony.

  • brightones

    Just because they’re performing there, doesn’t mean they support the candidates.  Some people are just narrow-minded.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Oh, my goodness!  I have been posting here at MJ’s from the beginning.  Maybe 8 years, and haven’t had so many people respond to something I have written.  When it comes to politics, people sometimes take these things seriously.  I read the announcement and immediately responded what I felt.

    I did eliminate the sentence about Taylor living this down.  Because he has been so relevant this year, I think his appearance at the Republican convention will give him a lot of exposure.  It doesn’t mean I have to like it.

    Being a senior citizen, having daughters, and Granddaughters prompted my immediate response to this announcement.  Senior issues and politics affecting women are important to me!!  I won’t go beyond that in my discussion.   However, people need to be aware what is in that Romney/Ryan GOP political platform!

    Ayla Brown’s father is running again for the Senate in MA.  So, naturally she would be invited to sing.

  • Latin2

    ” It often feels like a bunch of old white men ”

    I wish people would not bring race into the discussion? I know this might come as a shock to many people, but many of the Idol singers are conservatives

  • Lovesyesha

    “Republican drafters of their party’s
    2012 platform reaffirmed support for a constitutional amendment
    banning abortion that would allow no exception for terminating
    pregnancies caused by rape.” – http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-20/republican-platform-won-t-protect-mortgage-tax-deduction.html

    “Tod Akin said, “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand
    from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female
    body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” – http://fox2now.com/2012/08/22/more-controversial-comments-rep-todd-akin-in-his-own-words/

    Makes sense to me. By supporting the convention they in term (whether they mean to or not) support these statements. I have lost respect for anyone who performs at this GOP convention.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040683755 Steve Gray

    Danny Gokey maybe off the bill as nude pictures of him just leaked. well, he took them and posted them if that is leaked 

  • lovetheusa1776

    It’s good to be aware of what’s in both platforms.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Indeed, that is true!

  • Lovesyesha

    The democratic platform doesn’t discriminate against groups of people like the Republican platform does.

  • Emmuzka

    I wonder if they got their snoozefest lineup because a) they weren’t ready to pay for other entertainers’ fees, b) other artists passed the events for political reasons, or c) they actually wanted these artists to present them. 

  • AZIdolFan

    Since i already don’t like either gokey or taylor and don’t buy their music or go to their concerts, it’s no biggie to not support them.  They just keep giving me reasons not to like them.

  • Emmuzka

    “Just because they’re performing there, doesn’t mean they support the candidates.  Some people are just narrow-minded.”

    The thing is, it doesn’t matter if they personally support the candidates or not. Just because the artists perform, it can interpreted as support. (And this goes for everything. If Rihanna and chris Brown would get married, would accepting a wedding invitation be a sign of supporting domestic violence? On personal level, no. On public level, yes.)

    Even ten years from now, anyone can google them and “make a case” about an artist’s political stand on 2012. Any artist that thinks that he/she doesn’t have to take this in consideration when accepting gig in any political event, is, in my opinion, a moron. 

  • Incipit

     c) they actually wanted these artists to present them. 

    Well, they may not have booked all the artists they wanted to – I don’t have access to their Wish List – but the line up is pretty consistent – enough to make me think they wanted the artists they booked.

    A quick count has about 17 acts, and of those 17, more than half are Country, country/rock, gospel, or CC music, with two pop opera acts and a scattering of other genres.

    That’s positioning, or at the least, planning entertainment based on who they figure their audience to be. 

    It would be a snoozefest to me, but I am not the demo audience for a Republican Convention. So hey – if someone buys their party line and likes their people and their platform planks – they can go appear for their convention. I wouldn’t be listening to any of it. In fact, it surprised me, when I saw the choices, just how much I would not be listening –  to any of it.

    But I did learn something from the post – this Akin dude? Mein Gott – is there a way to invoke one of Darwin’s Laws against him? Or something? Dude is Terminally Stupid – to be clinical about it.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • notafangirl84

    this just adds to my contempt for Taylor.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6HV2UO4WHAHKMAPXSH5DZTLAM drew

    How can you bring Todd Akin into this? Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and nearly all leading Republicans have denounced his ignorant and offensive statement and said he should quit that race. Under the law crazy Akin can’t be forced out. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/mitt-romney-rape-pregnant_n_1810811.html and http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/mitt-romney-asks-todd-akin-quit-missouri-senate/story?id=17048232

    Thursday night on CNN’s Anderson Cooper show, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party tried to get away with lying about Mitt Romney’s views on abortion and rape but the host wouldn’t let her. Romney does support exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother and always has. You can see it reported in a link above.

    The Republican party platform speaks of the value of innocent human life, and has for many years. I’m glad someone does.

    Blessed with a young adopted girl in my family who could no longer be aborted when her drug-abusing mother wanted, I’m thankful there are limits on this very serious and fatal practice. We should fight efforts to deny women information about their options or hide the facts from them as that industry tries to do. That’s a true “war on women” for treating women as less than capable adults making life and death decisions.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C6HV2UO4WHAHKMAPXSH5DZTLAM drew

    Shouldn’t you wait for that 2012 democratic platform, or the final 2012 republican one, to be available before making these pronouncements?   

  • BonnieDee

    We need to get away from this extreme party affiliation and just be Americans.  Performing at any convention is an honor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     Well said Incipit.

  • BonnieDee

    Nobody, Republic or Democrat, likes Akin. Everyone wants him gone.  The only one who likes Akin is Akin.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    ” Oh, the irony”


  • Incipit

     Everyone wants him gone. 

    Okay. Did anyone from his party ask him to go? I’ve seen people making all the right noises about the crap he said – and call for apologies and retractions, I haven’t seen anyone call for that. Yet. And they could have.

    Also. He still hasn’t seen the implications of his ignorant remarks. Which is likely because he’s, umm, ignorant.

    He’s an elected official, right? If so, somewhere, there’s a constituency that voted for him, and agrees with his whacked theories. That’s scary. Are these Akin voters a protected species? Or did they not know what a piece of work this dude was? They do now. Everyone does.

  • BonnieDee

    Yes, many many people including Romney have asked him to drop from the race.  He never said anything like this before so that is why he got voted into Congress.  Nobody knew that he believed this and nobody supports it. Here a link from a CBS News Report about Romney calling for Akin to drop out of the race. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57497634-503544/romney-calls-on-akin-to-drop-out-of-senate-race/

  • KrisKD

    Todd Akin’s party wants him gone because they fear he will hurt them during the election. They want to take over the Senate and they were counting on his seat.  Now they fear that opportunity is gone.  They have said this over and over. They have said that he should leave and let somebody take his place who actually has a chance to win. They have called him selfish. The issue isn’t that they don’t agree with him. They do. Their party platform is no exceptions for abortions. And he is not the only one who has spouted this nonsense about legitimate rapes not leading to pregnancy. Republicans have been saying this since 1980. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK1J81KPW8s
    And the doctor who Akin got this nonsense from was a surrogate for Romney back in 2007 for his presidential campaign. The campaign sent out a statement in 2007 that said Wilke is“a leading voice
    within the pro-life community and will be an important surrogate for
    Governor Romney’s pro-life and pro-family agenda.”

    Paul Ryan’s beliefs are the same as Todd Akin’s. Paul Ryan believes that there should be no exceptions for rape and incest. He also co-sponsored several bills with Todd Akin. One tried to redefine rape as “forcible rape”. The other tried to give all the rights of a human to a fertilized egg.  Paul Ryan has also supported a bill that would allow hospitals to deny giving a woman an abortion even if it would save her life.

    Mitt Romney has not always supported the exceptions of rape and incest.  He was on the Mike Huckabee show and was asked if he would support a constitutional amendment that would establish the definition of life at conception and he said absolutely.

    I could not help but be disappointed if someone that I was a fan of performed at this event. Because it would seem as if they were supporting the platform of the party.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    I know the effect it has on me when an artist I like reveals a politicial connection that I find hard to fathom, so I would prefer it if all the artists I liked kept their affiliations under wraps because I’m sure it loses them support.
    Very much agree with posters who say that a National Party Convention is a contentious gig. Most agents/managers advise people to stay away from contentious gigs/endorsements. Highly unlikely that anyone appearing isn’t supportive of the party in question.
    Same will be true for the Democratic Party National Convention.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Sidle/100003317515727 Dana Sidle

    . That’s a true “war on women” for treating women as less than capable adults making life and death decisions.

    So, when their decision is abortion, they’re not capable of making that decision and men should make that decision for them? OK.

    But I want to ask something else – do people (as in general public, not Idol bubble) remember who played for who on conventions? I gather the convention is a big deal but of the top of their heads, does anybody remember who played at similar convention in 2008?

  • steph6449

    A ton of people in the Republican / conservative world have asked Akin to drop out of the race. Now whether the liberal media is covering them saying that, may be another story ;)  

    This is all fairly funny to me in Danny’s case. He doesn’t seem at all political but if I had to guess, he may well be a Democrat – coming out of liberal Milwaukee urban area, listing MLK as one of his heroes, appeared at a Nashville event for the mayor who is a Democrat, his wife has tweeted favorably about the current President, etc.  He did appear last year at an event with Condoleezza Rice and GWB, but that was a Christian leadership conference, not a political event.

    I still think performing at the GOP or Democrat conventions, or at political inaugurations and other events for the public with elected politicians, is just a job, unless the performers who appear make it more than that by adopting an overtly political stance or talking up a given candidate/issue.

    If any of these three actually do that and identify themselves as more conservative politically, that would be cool and welcome as too many of the more right-leaning celebrities don’t stand up to be visible.  

    The only thing I don’t like is when celebrities get abrasively political and in-your-face about political issues or campaigns. Which I don’t like from politicians either, so heh.

    As far as the abortion thing, being pro-choice or pro-life does not strictly follow party lines. There are pro-choice Republicans and pro-life Democrats although the party conventions, on both sides, tend more to the extremes than representing mainstream opinion IMO. Most people I know are somewhere in the middle on that issue.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    Sorry but I “liked” this statement by accident. The fact is, the Republican Party platform absolutely treats women as less than capable adults when making life and death decisions by attempting to legislate the circumstances under which they may or may not have an abortion.

    Akin’s comments have exposed the real problem with this position. A litmus test for abortion will be all about whether someone is entitled to one. A major gauntlet for a woman already under pressure to run.

    And I am not lying. Like the DNC Chairwoma, I see it that way.

  • Andi_JB

    Anyone who supports in any manner, be it fiscally, vocally or at the polls, a party whose main policies deny all manner of people some of their basic human rights, primarily so that rich, white, misogynistic, supposedly Christian men who believe they are being emancipated and discriminated against (one of the biggest jokes there is) to cling onto some vestige of power and make yet more money deserves every bit of contempt thrown their way. 
    (I say supposedly Christian because no true Christian would approve of the hate-filled agenda.)  

    IMO that includes these Idols who have agreed to perform at the Romney-Ryan ticket. Yes everyone is entitled to their views but by the same token everyone is entitled to call out anyone putting their name behind a bunch of hate-fillled bigots. There are some times when principles should be put above cash (something the Republicans fail to do time and time again.) If these three Idols really don’t support the Romney-Ryan point of view then they deserve contempt for pushing aside their morals to make a quick buck.

  • Andi_JB

    >Steph6449  If any of these three actually do that and identify themselves as more conservative politically, that would be cool and welcome as too many of the more right-leaning celebrities don’t stand up to be visible. <

    You're kidding with this right? There are a ton of vocal right wingers in Hollywood and elsewhere in celebville. A quick google search will give you a list as long as my arm.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    How can you bring Todd Akin into this? Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan and nearly all leading Republicans have denounced his ignorant and offensive statement and said he should quit that race.

    You can very easily link Todd Akin and his views to Romney and Ryan. Paul Ryan co-sponsored legislation with Akin which tried to redefine what rape is in order to limit how many rape victims could legally obtain an abortion. That’s what they mean by “legitimate rape,” or “forcible rape” as opposed to whatever *they* consider to be an “illegitimate rape.” Paul Ryan has said quite plainly that, to him, it doesn’t matter how a woman conceives, life is life. *But* because he is on the ROMNEY-Ryan ticket, his beliefs do not prevail. However, Romney as recently as his last campaign associated himself with “the doctor,” Dr. Wilke, who has espoused the very theories which this legislation (and this way of thinking) has been built upon, i.e., that a woman can’t conceive if she is raped because her body would “reject it.” In other words, one can only get pregnant by consent. Ha! 

    So, yeah, these men are all wrapped up together by either belief or political opportunism or both.

  • http://twitter.com/holeigh_annie Holeigh

    Woooooow, way to represent the party of “tolerance”.

    Can’t wait to see Taylor’s performance, I’m sure he’ll be amazing, and I’m glad he’s going to get all of this exposure.  Who cares if he is fiscally or socially conservative?  We should all be embracing our right to have differing political opinions, not shunning others for a right that we ourselves enjoy.

    And I’m a teacher AND conservative.  Are your minds blown?  Sheesh.

  • Andi_JB

    >Paul Ryan has said quite plainly that, to him, it doesn’t matter how a woman conceives, life is life.<

    And life is life until they have to dig into their very deep pockets and pay a little more tax to pay for the welfare and health care of these children who they have insisted be brought, often unwanted, into the world. Then it's all down to the mother to fend for herself under a barrage of "it's your fault for having a child you can't afford" from the very people who would force her to go through with the pregnancy in the first place. Hypocrisy at it's finest.  

    If they are so concerned about life is life why is all the onus on the women? Why are they not mounting a campaign shaming men who refuse to wear condoms when having sex?

    ETA: That wasn't a rant at you btw but at the people who support these policies.

  • Andi_JB

    Congratulations on missing the point by a country mile.

  • TheGreatXL

    I’m inclined to dislike most Republicans in congress because of how they treat us gay people, but I find both parties to be two sides of the same coin on every other issue.

    I wasn’t a fan of any of these artists to begin with, but can anyone really be surprised? It’s like being surprised if Scotty McCreery performs at the next one. Their backgrounds usually lend themselves to one school of thought.

     I personally have no problem with it. In fact, I find it kind of brave to say what you believe. I like it because it allows me as a consumer to make up my mind if I want to support you as an entire musical package. Music is an extention of a person, so why shouldn’t artists be able to show support for someone politically? That’s part of them.
    I love freedom of speech. Someone is allowed to state their opinions and I’m allowed to decide if I want to spend money on their goods. I feel the same way about Chick-fil-a now. :)

  • http://twitter.com/holeigh_annie Holeigh

    Your point is abortion, mine is not.  My point is the hatred for anyone who dares identify as Republican or conservative, even if they just happen to performing at an event.  As well as the condescension. 

    If you want it to be about abortion, why is it that personal responsibility is never part of the discussion, for men or women?  I pay for my own birth control and have never conceived an unwanted child and had to get rid of it.  Yet this is another area where we feel the government should step in and give us handouts…except when legislation for abortion comes up and then everyone cries about “it’s my body”. 

    But it doesn’t matter, we’re never going to agree on this.  Now go ahead and call me ignorant and anti-feminist.

  • Chicagolaw

    No surprise here. SO glad I am not a fan because it would horribly disappointing.

  • http://twitter.com/LindsayKempFan Not fit to print

    WOW! Feisty thread!!! I am starting to wonder if this will affect Tayor more than I thought. The interesting thing here is that no one seems to be hot under the collar about Danny Gokey. Maybe it’s because Danny is easy to read and Taylor was more of a mystery on this front?

    K.D. Lang once said that she got more animosity for her vegan stand than she did for coming out. I think that’s because the vegan announcement was a surprise and her sexuality had been pretty must surmised for quite a long time.

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    Virtually every Republican has asked him to go from the head of the party to this year’s candidates. He refused and there is no legal way to oust him. However, his is a seat that should have been a cakewalk for Republicans to win and since his remarks, he is down 10 points. Maybe more because I haven’t checked this morning. So, it will be handled the way it is supposed to be handled in our country – in the voting booth. 

  • http://twitter.com/BobbiNJ Bobbi

    I also don’t know any Democrat or Republican who subscribes to every single position their party stands for. Not does every woman, of either party, make their choice for candidate solely based on the party’s abortion stance. It certainly isn’t the issue I am most concerned about this election year. 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    By the way, I honestly don’t care all that much that Taylor or Danny is performing at the Republican Convention. I think they’re good entertainers — I voted for Taylor during his AI run — but I’m not terribly invested in either of them. If I were a bigger fan, I’d probably be more bothered because I do feel it’s NOT just any paying gig. 

  • http://twitter.com/holeigh_annie Holeigh

    “It certainly isn’t the issue I am most concerned about this election year.”

    SERIOUSLY.  To everything you said, but mostly this.  We have much bigger fish to fry than something that will never be decided, in all likelihood. 

  • brightones

    I, too, a a mother and grandmother with daughters and grand daughters, but I certainly don’t want more of what we’ve already got in their.  Do you condone your friends that don’t support your choice of Party?

  • songsungblue

    People certainly have the right to vote for whom they wish [although I wish more of both party were educated about the issues before they do, that’s kind of besides the point], but this – for me – is about a musician taking a gig that supports policies and ideas that I find personally abhorrent.  I’m not down with that. 

    If Taylor is doing it simply for money, I think there’s a fine word for that :)  If he’s a Republican, whatever. [I’m sure Danny is, and hey, nice job getting his dead wife on his bio!] But he will certainly not be regarded as just taking a gig, IMO.  It’s a definite statement, and he should be prepared for that.  Playing at conventions is not like playing at a private party.  Traditionally those musicians reflect the politics of the party.  

    My observation is that Taylor was kind of playing the part of bumpkin to win Idol.  He presented himself as ingratiating and warm.  It was a genius move on his part. I have to admire it.  However, I think he’s not that person at all. He seems pretty calculating about his income and his career.  Nothing wrong with that, but I find his personality kind of off-putting.  This is just the final nail.  YMMV and all that! 

  • bolinski

    I choose to “judge harshly” the words and actions of those who wish to deny the basic constitutional and civil rights of others. I do not “condone” the words and actions of bigots (and those who support them by singing at their parties; I heard that Elton John donated his Rush Limbaugh paycheck to LGBT charities). Oh, and the civil rights of minorities should never be put to a popular vote.

    One more thing (I’m so on a roll!). I’ve been wanting someone to answer this question, like, forever.  If abortion is murder, why there are no funerals for miscarriages?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    There aren’t a single person, dem. or rep., that isn’t concerned about policemen, teachers, firefighters, since these activites are essential for every person in any day of life.

    Th difference is that Republicans want to pay them based on a budget and Dem. want to pay whatever salary they are asking for, no need for a budget, since they can always borrow more money from China or infinitely print it at the Treasury Department’s machine.

  • Indigobunting

    I am definitely more of a Democrat, although of course I have many friends who are Republicans :)  They are pretty nice people :)

    “The interesting thing here is that no one seems to be hot under the collar about Danny Gokey. Maybe it’s because Danny is easy to read and Taylor was more of a mystery on this front?”

    Actually, although I can see why people think that because he is so religious, Mr. Gokey is a big fan of Barack Obama.  His fans know that- Danny has tweeted about Barack and made no secret of his support for him (as has his wife). People are complex sometimes.  Has he switched to Mitt?  Who knows, although I don’t care-I just buy the music I like-even though I am more on the liberal side I’ve bought me some Toby Keith ;)
    Taylor Hicks-no clue on his political affiliations.

    I think this is just a nice gig for the involved Idol alums-I’m sure it pays well, they are all entertainers who have proven popularity to a diverse audience age/sex wise (well, Ayla is there because of her connections no doubt, lol) and I’m sure the Idol alum jump at chances to play for bigger audiences of non-dedicated fans.  Good for them .

  • juliegr

    I guess none of you remember when Mohammad Ali appeared at the Republican National convention AND hugged Richard Nixon!  lolol

  • curly_yenta

    Quite frankly, I’m less concerned about who is performing at which convention than I am about the outcome of the election.  I think it’s a great honor to be asked to perform (to close!) a major political convention – and I’m not even a Republican.  I’m proud to be a fan and proud of Taylor to have been asked.  I wonder if some people would have had the same reaction if Carrie Underwood had been asked. Just sayin….

    That said, I surely won’t be watching a minute of this convention (except for the amount of time it takes for him to sing Taking It To The Streeets). 

    Wish he would have been at the Dem convention, tho.

  • quickjessie

     Akin has gotten plenty of GOP support, from Congressman, Senators, down to the pundits and has-beens. 

    What stands out for me is the the just-drafted Republican platform – the policies this Party will be campaigning on – due to be released at their convention next week, includes language on abortion in 100% agreement with what Todd Akin expressed, just in prettier language.

    Leaving all of that out of the equation here, in this country, we have a 2 Party system.  It is what it is.  You may think you are voting for a “person” but you are not – you are voting for a Party platform.

    The Republican platform includes government legislation of my lady parts, discrimination against an entire segment of our population, economic policies that got us into the mess we are in, as well as failing to address climate change, the deficit, the bloated Defense Dept budget, severe cuts to every safety net we have in this country, the elimination of SS, Medicare and Medicaid, the elimination of Pell grants, food stamps, etc.

    These are policies I cannot and will not ever support.  Hence, I will not vote for those people who will try to enact them, nor will I support with my dollars anyone who agrees with them.

    It is very simple if you have even a basic understanding of civics/social studies.  Oops, the GOP doesn’t believe in that being taught in schools either.  Use the Google.

  • http://twitter.com/Miztig Miz

    I’ve never bought anything by Chris Brown or Eminem either :)

  • songsungblue

    This isn’t a political forum so forgive me for overstepping, MJ, but I have to respond because it’s well…false.  Democrats are not paying whatever ‘salary’ is requested. What?  I wish ;) 

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    There aren’t a single person, dem. or rep., that isn’t concerned about policemen, teachers, firefighters, since these activites are essential for every person in any day of life.

    Except when those activities involve unionizing! LOL!

    Th difference is that Republicans want to pay them based on a budget and Dem. want to pay whatever salary they are asking for, no need for a budget, since they can always borrow more money from China or infinitely print it at the Treasury Department’s machine.

    Now, who was it who waged an unpaid for war of choice in Iraq, while giving a huge tax break to the wealthy, leaving us with a deep recession and a huge budget shortfall … and who left us with a budget surplus after he left office. Whoever those people might be and whatever party they belong to ;-) I’m sure neither Danny nor Taylor are endorsing the formers’ results by appearing at the GOP’s convention.

  • Goodvibes27

    Career-wise I don’t think it will hurt Taylor at all. Most of the people here who are saying “I won’t support him anymore” probably never bought a record or went to a concert of his anyway. The fans who do support him and are upset will probably get over it. If they follow him, they know he is a patriotic and grateful person who supports many charities and has never made an extreme political statement. They know he has gay friends and is not homophobic. They also know he is good friends with Ayla Brown and her family. He is a complex person.      The democratic fans outside the bubble won’t be watching the convention anyway and won’t even be aware he played there. He might pick up a few new Republican fans after his performance. In fact i would be surprised if he doesn’t.

  • Pippygirl

    As a registered Independent and someone who is not a fan of Gokey or Hicks, I don’t care whether they perform at the Republican convention or not.  However I don’t think it necessarily means they support the R. platform.
    Regarding the platform, to me it’s obvious that the platforms for BOTH parties represent the extreme section of the parties. I also think all the posturing about OMG the end of the world will happen if Romney or Obama is president is kind of silly. This country is stronger than that imo.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK


    I wonder if some people would have had the same reaction if Carrie Underwood had been asked. Just sayin….

    No. Just as the reaction to Danny performing is not the same.  Both are conservative Christians so it would not be a surprise at all for Carrie to be asked. Would she do it? I doubt it. I think Carrie puts effort into staying out of politics, and for good reason. Look at the response she got when she said she supports gay marriage.I think the reaction you are seeing here to Taylor is because, being the kind of musician that he is, there was the assumption that he leaned towards the liberal side.  It’s fine if he is a Republican. I guess I don’t like him giving that weak statement about it being all about celebrating American freedom. If he supports the Republican platform, than own it. If not, than kindly refuse the offer to perform at their convention.  As I said previously, this isn’t “just a gig.” Good for him for being asked, but when you step into the smelly cesspool of politics,  be prepared to raise a stink.

  • curly_yenta

    Hmm, well, I guess I’m really not looking at this in such a indepth and dissecting way – the motives behind his acceptance of the gig or figuring out his political leanings, which is still unknown.  He could easily walk into that voting booth and vote for Obama.  Doesn’t matter in the long run – at least to me. 

    It’s still an honor to be asked and I can’t wait to see those 18,500 delegates hootin’ and hollaring to some great performing and singing and most of all, to some mean harp playing :)

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    I hear you. I was just trying to explain why Taylor was getting the kind of response that he has to this news. :) Politics… bleh!

  • girlygirltoo

    I doubt any musician who has political views that don’t agree with at least many of the official opinions of the Republican Party would agree to perform at this convention. On the other hand, it’s doubtful that they will be asked to express their political opinions (at least not in any depth) — they are just there to perform. 

    I’m a liberal independent, but I don’t have any issue with anyone performing at the Republican convention. Everyone is free to have his or her own political views and support whoever they want. I’m not going to watch the convention because I have no interest in it (when I’ve watched in the past, both the Republican and Democratic conventions have bored the crap out of me with all the posturing and droning speeches), but then again the performances aren’t likely to be shown, anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/ilikevegetables hello

     lmao.. such current and relevant entertainment!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Danny Gokey maybe off the bill as nude pictures of him just leaked. well, he took them and posted them if that is leaked

    WUT?! For real?!

  • girlygirltoo

    I don’t think the performances are televised. I don’t remember ever seeing them televised in the past, anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I don’t recall entertainers hired to perform at parties for the delegates being televised either. These are events that are usually held outside of the Convention Center. Unless one of these artists is also asked to sing the National Anthem during one of the nights of the convention, then we probably won’t see them. It’s *possible* that you might catch some of it on C-SPAN, however, since they’ll probably have the most extensive coverage. 

  • curly_yenta

    C-span, at the very least, provides gavel to gavel coverage.  The major networks I’m not so sure.  Taylor is scheduled at 5:30PST/8:30EST on Thursday.

  • steph6449

    I also doubt we will see any of these folks on major network or cable news channel coverage. It seems Taylor is scheduled during what would be considered “primetime,” possibly also Danny since he’s listed as the last performer on the press release for Weds if you can assume they are going in order of scheduled performance.

    Maybe CSPAN. 

    Generally, I don’t put too much interest into what the party platforms say. More what the candidates themselves are talking about. And even there as we know, politicians on all sides can fib or change their minds on any given position so you kind of have to go with the flow if you want to get invested in following them… :O

  • lovetheusa1776

    May still have the t-shirt of Elvis meeting Nixon in the Oval Office.

  • biggmamajama

    It’s important for people to read ENTIRE articles and not just the inflammatory headlines and the bits and pieces of quotes that support your position. 

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Olympians to Appear at Republican Convention’s Final Night on Thursday, August 30, 2012


  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    The Republican platform includes government legislation of my lady parts, discrimination against an entire segment of our population, economic policies that got us into the mess we are in, as well as failing to address climate change, the deficit, the bloated Defense Dept budget, severe cuts to every safety net we have in this country, the elimination of SS, Medicare and Medicaid, the elimination of Pell grants, food stamps, etc.

    These are policies I cannot and will not ever support. Hence, I will not vote for those people who will try to enact them, nor will I support with my dollars anyone who agrees with them.

    QuickJessie, thank you for pointing out why I could never vote for a Republican.  They also don’t believe there should be a tax increase for the Top 2%, but rather a tax cut to continue.

    Thank you for the reassuring posts regarding Taylor.  I still wish he was performing at the Democratic Convention.  I think the President would like his SOUL!  :o)

  • curly_yenta

    Would’t ya love to see a duet with President Obama and Taylor singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”??  That would be EPIC!


  • steph6449

    In general my feeling is that both parties have 80-90% the same goals, they just differ on the most effective way to meet them. Some people who now lean conservative, myself included, are even recovered hardcore liberals, lol.

    And neither party is 100% consistent in following the policies and beliefs they put out there once candidates actually make it into office. Which may in some cases be to the good, haha.

    I think it is way too easy to fall into extremist caricaturing of the two political parties and their leading candidates, and by extension the many many millions of (tens of millions of) regular Americans who support them. Exacerbated by the political parties who seek to make their opponents seem as radical as possible to drive up negatives against them among voters; and media outlets egging it on as they thrive on controversy for ratings.

  • milwlovesadam

    ”’The Republican platform includes government legislation of my lady
    parts, discrimination against an entire segment of our population,
    economic policies that got us into the mess we are in, as well as
    failing to address climate change, the deficit, the bloated Defense Dept
    budget, severe cuts to every safety net we have in this country, the
    elimination of SS, Medicare and Medicaid, the elimination of Pell
    grants, food stamps, etc.

    These are policies I cannot and will not ever support. Hence, I will
    not vote for those people who will try to enact them, nor will I
    support with my dollars anyone who agrees with them.””

    Add to this that Republicans have instituted massive cuts to the arts in schools and in public/private venues, as well as de-funding Planned Parenthood clinics, which provide free and low cost health care ( physicals, mammograms, pap smears, etc. ) not just contraception and abortion services. Don’t even get me going on marriage equality, guns and health care.

    I’ve never bashed an Idol here before, and won’t now, except to say that I’m very disappointed in their support of the Republican Party. UGH.

  • Nedsdag

    I thought Sammy Davis Jr. hugged Richard Nixon at the RNC.

  • girlygirltoo

    Romney has but Ryan hasn’t. He is on record as being against abortion except in cases where the life of the mother would be threatened.

    And I’m sorry, but being against abortion no matter the reason is, in my opinion, saying you are against women having the basic civil right of being allowed to have control of her own body. And I resent that — I don’t see the government trying to regulate whether MEN should have the right to control what they do with their own body, now do I?

    Also, both Romney and Ryan have shown in the past that they are not supportive of gay rights.

    These are not people I would ever vote for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Redlich/1643474030 Jennifer Redlich

    If you perform at the Republican Convention, it is clear that these musicians support the Republican Party Platform. I see no liberal muscians performing. These artists would NOT have been invited to perform unless they supported a very conservative agenda. This much is clear. So, these artists support the following
    1. Tax breaks for the wealthy and tax increases for the middle class and poor.
    2. Going back to a health care system where people with pre-existing conditions are removed from their health care plan
    3. No safety net for the poor or those who are unemployed
    4. A “democracy” where gays are treated as 2nd class citizens – Not allowing gays to marry is denying them equal rights under the law.
    5. A policy that stipulates that a woman who is impregnated, due to rape or incest, will not have access to a legal abortion. Also, limits placed on contraception. Woman’s right to makes decisions about their own reproductive health will be in the hands of conservative men. Oh, btw, Paul Ryan and Mitt endorse the idea that if you get pregnant during rape, it wasn’t a real rape. In real rape, the woman’s body produces a secretion that won’t allow for fertilization. I KID YOU NOT!
    6. Many more ideas that have no place in 21st century politics.

    And, yes, if a singer accepts a gig at the Republican convention, they are endorsing the above positions.  

  • lovetheusa1776

    There is so much exaggeration and untruth here, one doesn’t know where to start – so I won’t.  

  • http://twitter.com/asmith1411 Angela Smith

    I’m a working musician and ultra liberal in my politics and religion.  Yet, I often play gigs in churches and for organizations whose views are totally adverse to my own.  If it’s another chance to play music, I’ll take it.  I can separate myself from the BS.  As John Kerouac so eloquently stated, “Music is the only truth.”  
    My gut tells me Taylor feels the same way.  

  • spinning

    You really need to be more educated before you make blank statements that are said over and over by politicians and are either taken out of context or not true.  I got a tax break under the Bush tax cuts and I am not wealthy by any means.  Everybody did, not just the wealthy.  It wasn’t Paul or Mitt that said that about the rape.  It was the senator, Akin.    Keep handing out money  that has to be borrowed and we will be a socialistic country real soon.  Keep supporting and throwing money at programs that don’t work and haven’t worked for years.  Nice way to move forward.  We are becoming a nation of entitlement.  Everyone wants the government to take care of them.  Where is the responsibility of the people?  Have children, take care of them.  etc.  Soon the government will have all the power and we, the citizens will have none.   

  • tripp_ncwy

    Looks like there will be some scheduling changes due to Isaac. Probably won’t affect the performances.


  • KendraWills

    No, Ryan just calls rape just another “method of contraception”. He believes and has worked to enact legislation that outlaws all abortion, with no exception, including rape, incest and life of the mother.

    He also was one of the original co-sponsors along with Akin that would redefine rape as only “forcible rape”.

    Romney also is associated with the doctor who made the ludicrous claim about a women not being able to get pregnant from rape. He stressed how proud he was to have Dr. Wilke’s support.

    The idols can perform wherever they want, it’s a free country. However, that also means its free for me to denounce what they’re doing, lose respect for them and not buy their products. That’s what some of these right wing keep forgetting.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Or maybe the Isaac will reschedule a lot of things;

    THR:  Republican Convention Delay Puts Musical Performances in Question


  • angiedb

    I hope I get to see Taylor and Danny!

  • Eileen99

    Educate yourself.

  • Happyhexer

    I have followed Danny fairly closely and met him a number of times.  I have never heard him say anything political, that would give away his political leanings.  And if he is smart, he won’t.  His fans run the gamut from ultra-liberal to ultra conservative, and everything in between.  Danny has performed at a Democratic political event (for the Democratic mayor of Nashville’s reelection campaign), and now will perform for the Republican Convention.  Guess Danny is equal-opportunity when it comes to political gigs, lol!

    There are a few indicators that Danny might be Democratic, but I don’t know that and don’t want to know, either way.  Actually, I suspect that Danny, like the VAST majority of Americans, is somewhere in the middle.  He likely agrees or partially agrees with various aspects of both parties.

    There is a reason why Americans have the right to vote IN PRIVATE.

    If Danny or Taylor — or any of the other artists who will appear at either the Republican or the Democratic Convention — make overt statements in support of a particular candidate or a particular political position, then I will conclude that they likely support that candidate or position.  Otherwise I will conclude that they will vote whatever way they wish to in the privacy of the voting booth.  I neither have the right, nor do I have the need, to know how they will vote.

    *edited to clarify that it was a reelection campaign by the Nashville mayor

  • Happyhexer

    Being religious or singing country music doesn’t automatically make one
    a Republican.  Toby Keith, for example — despite his song lyrics
    — self-identifies as “a good Southern Democrat.”  So Indigobunting, wipe your brow!  No need to worry if you’ve bought some Toby Keith music.  He, like most people, is more complex than many would credit.  

  • Happyhexer

    “[B]oth parties have 80-90% the same goals, they just differ on the most effective way to meet them.”

    ^^^ THIS!  I my experience, when people of differing political views set aside rhetoric and actually converse with each other, they find that they agree much more than they disagree.  And once they realize they have the same goals, they can move on to explore the good and bad aspects of various approaches.

    Just this past weekend, I visited with friends who are on the opposite side of the political spectrum than I am.  We had a civil discourse and were absolutely AMAZED at how much we agreed on.  Imagine what we would be able to accomplish if we could discuss politics — or more importantly, solutions to problems — with mutual respect and civility!

  • Happyhexer

    Last post on the subject of politics.  Has anyone heard of the book, “The Selfish Gene” by biologist Richard Dawkins?  In my view, what he said about genes also is true of political parties — they are interested only in self-perpetuation, not in solving the country’s problems.

  • WhoDat2012

    Glad Danny and Tay Tay are performing, even though I guess we will be without power down here :(

    Politics are my passion.  Mitt Happens!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6709126 Zoey Giesberg

    Flop artist line up.

  • LillyL

    I think many of the musical guests have been canceled since they have had to shorten the convention schedule. I did not see Danny or Taylor in the new line-up. Maybe they will play privately?
    The conventions are the most political moments of our political cycle and I would think that musicians need to be aware that a performance at the convention, of course, implies agreement – how could it not be? The RNC and DNC conventions are the most partisan events – for good reason – in our election. If the performers don’t know that – they are just ignorant tools. It is fine for performers to have a political viewpoint – look at Bono! It is not fine with me to be politically neutral just to further your career – or hide your beliefs – just to not alienate others.

  • GinaBallerina

    “The democratic platform doesn’t discriminate against groups of people like the Republican platform does.”

    Not true.  Democratic leaders show extreme hate toward those who do not agree with their views.  Chick-Fil-A is one such example.

  • upsidedawn

    How does the Democratic PLATFORM discriminate against Chick-Fil-A?

  • http://twitter.com/georgiarealist Susan Burge

    Perhaps you don’t hear about funerals for miscarried babies (I have) because of the reaction people had to Santorum’s story about his stillborn child.

    My question is for those who are so opposed to the death penalty but are for abortion at any stage. Why is the life of a baby who manages to survive a late-term abortion considered unimportant? There have been too many  reports of such infants being left to die if not outright killed for me to think this isn’t policy.

    The women I know consider abortion a very complex issue – and one men are singularly unqualified to decide. However, I find it more consistent when someone believes that all life is life than I do when one believes in life except in certain cases. Not that I agree, but consistency is the issue. For a Catholic (a real one who believes in the teachings of the church, not one who picks and chooses what to “believe”) to believe this way is consistent.

    As for the issue of gay marriage, I’m Libertarian – it doesn’t affect me, so I don’t care. On the whole, I’d say gays should get to enjoy divorces and custody battles like anyone else. I just don’t want to be forced to hear about everyone’s sex life.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2K6LL4WPUTAY6TKG2VG3SYFA5M Erlinda

    I’ve seen Danny and Taylor performed. They’re great! Good to see them both, but I missed Ayla Brown’s performance.