The US has some very important political races coming up in November and Lady Gaga has become one half of a powerful US political couple. Harry Reid got a Twitter shout out from the top Twitter user in the world with over 6.6 million followers when Lady Gaga reached out and asked him to secure a vote on a political issue she favors and either Reid or someone on his staff fired a quick tweet back. Thus began the relationships of the newest unlikely but powerful political couple in social media.
Harry Reid is a Democratic Senator and the Senate Majority Leader. Lady Gaga is the outrageous, meat dress wearing, shock goddess of the music world. Harry Reid has the ear of the majority of left wing political followers in the US. Lady Gaga has a legion of young voters that could benefit Reid and the Democratic Party.
Lady Gaga’s tweet to Harry Reid asked him to help her with a cause she has taken up to fight the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” issue in the military. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” prohibits the open declaration of homosexuality in the US Military Forces. Lady Gaga wants Reid to secure a repeal vote on the issue. Reid responded with a tweet saying: “@LadyGaga: There is a vote on #DADT next week. Anyone qualified to serve this country should be allowed to do so.”
To which Lady Gaga responded: “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.” The Twitter hashtag (the symbol used to allow searches on Twitter) phrase “Born This Way” is a referral to both the homosexual community and it is the title of her new album.
With the Democratic Party under pressure and the country giving Obama repeatedly low approval ratings recently, perhaps Lady Gaga can inject some new energy toward the Democratic Party before key elections in November. Obama successfully used social media to inject energy and the youth vote into his presidential campaign. It is no surprise then that the 70 year old majority leader up for re-election would partner up with the reigning queen of both Twitter and Facebook, Lady Gaga.
Oh, and just in case you’re wondering, Reid tweeted using HootSuite software and Lady Gaga tweeted via her Blackberry. Blackberry’s manufacturer Research in Motion should reach out through social media to Gaga with a marketing endorsement opportunity like that.
Who would think Gaga could count among her Little Monsters, as she likes to refer to her fans, the majority leader of the US Senate? But then again, who would think someone would wear a dress made out of meat. These days anything is possible in the music industry and politics it seems, so why not?