Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"HarryReid @ladygaga There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so"

That's a Twitter post for the ages.

The Washington Post -- with the headline, "Gaga speaks, Reid acts on 'don't ask, don't tell'" -- gives the context:

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday a vote to repeal the military's ban of openly gay and lesbian soldiers had been planned for next week before the singer made waves with a plea during a daytime talk show.

The pop star known for flashy performances and eccentric style called on Reid to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that aired Monday.

Reid's campaign and Gaga traded talking points on Twitter after the lawmaker announced the vote. Reid told Gaga repealing the measure was the right thing to do.

Campaign spokesman Kelly Steele said Reid does not take cues from Gaga.
Actually, Reid had announced his intention on Monday, the same day the Ellen Degeneres show aired in the afternoon. So I doubt he made the announcement because of her.

And it's hard to imagine a sillier political forum than a pop singer's Twitter feed. This little interchange won't determine the outcome of any legislation. But Lady Gaga could affect some of her 6.3 million Twitter followers, and that's important.
ladygaga 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.