She’s serious about this. She’s in Maine holding a rally today to put pressure on the two moderate Republican Senators from that state, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, to break John McCain’s petulant little homophobic crybaby filibuster.
Lady Gaga announced via Twitter Sunday evening that she would be attending a last-minute rally in Portland, Maine, on Monday targeted at convincing GOP senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe to vote with Democrats to help break a filibuster that, if successful, could effectively kill the “don’t ask, don’t tell” repeal effort for the year.
“Meet me in Portland, Maine 2moro, 9/20 to help repeal #DADT. I’m holding a Rally + speaking live in Deering Oaks Park //bit.ly/cO4cY9,” said the tweet sent from Lady Gaga’s account, @ladygaga, which has over 6.3 million followers.
The rally, which is being billed as “For the 14,000” discharged under the policy (or “#4the14k” in twitter speak), will be held at 4 p.m. Eastern, Monday, September 20, at Deering Oaks Park and has been organized by the pro-repeal lobby group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. A spokesman for SLDN said it was a last-ditch effort to garner the 60 votes needed to move the National Defense Authorization Act to which the repeal measure is attached. The vote on the Senate floor is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.
“The votes to break Sen. John McCain’s filibuster are not there,” acknowledged Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of SLDN. “Senators Snowe and Collins of Maine are key to breaking the filibuster. With the vote Tuesday, we need everyone supporting repeal to call their senators.”
Eleveld’s piece points out that this required quite a bit of schedule shuffling, since Gaga is currently on tour in the South. For her to find a way to jet off to Maine for a minute to harness her millions of Twitter followers and Facebook fans and the rest of the Little Monster Diaspora to do something political and important shows that she’s actually committed to the repeal of the awful discriminatory DADT policy.
Fierce advocate, indeed.
[h/t Joe Sudbay]