So yesterday marked a hilarious (for me at least) point in the campaign. Amid the Obama lovefest and Hillary-supporters-are-pissed news, a somewhat obscure, but ultimately awesome political news event occurred. John McCain garnered the endorsement of Puerto Rican reggaeton star Daddy Yankee. This is huge. Ok, seriously, the man is a music god on the island and I can only assume that McCain will, by virtue of the endorsement, get a lot of attention. The only problem is that well Puerto Ricans can’t vote for president. In fact, no one living in Puerto Rico except military personnel can vote for any national office. Actually, I don’t even think Daddy Yankee can vote for John McCain.
Now I understand where the endorsement comes from. McCain has been a fierce advocate of immigration reform that isn’t mouth-foaming or unworkable. I don’t love it, but I can see where people would respect it. In fact, that was the primary reason for the endorsement. While I read a few articles about it, I couldn’t help but wonder if anyone told him what the guy’s songs are actually about. From casual sex in “Lo que paso paso” to thinly veiled references to muscle cars and sex in “Gasolina,” I think it’s a rather odd fit. McCain is (other than that little divorce remairrage soon after thing) a pretty straight-laced guy partnered with a guy advocating some rather un-family values.
When I think about the contrast combined with the fact that the endorser probably can’t even vote (no, I couldn’t find his official address, so I’m not 100% sure), it seems about a good as an endorsement from Gary Glitter. :-D. Hey, maybe “Gasolina” is about energy independence…Anyway, McCain apparently likes Daddy Yankee’s gasolina…just don’t tell him what that means (chances are McCain’s staff has no idea either).