Just when we thought this timeline couldn’t get any better, it just did: Kid Rock, the singer, songwriter, and actor, has just announced that he is throwing his hat into the political ring and will run for the US Senate from his home state of Michigan.
Kid Rock, whose normal name is Robert Ritchie, is a rare breed of celebrity: The conservative type. He supported President Trump’s campaign in 2016, and Mitt Romney before him in 2012.
Although he’s hinted at possible runs in the past, he has now seemed to finally confirm that he will run after all: In this Tweet, he included a picture of a lawn sign that says “Kid Rock for US Senate,” and also admitted that a website called “www.kidrockforsenate.com” is real and not a hoax.
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) July 12, 2017
The website truly is the epitome of meme magic. It features various Kid Rock for Senate merchandise (including bumper stickers, T-shirts, and hats), and a slideshow of various possible campaign slogans for the Rock Senatorial campaign, including: “Pimp of the Nation,” “Party to the People,” “I’ll Rock the Party,” “You Never Met a Politician Quite Like Me,” and “In Rock we Trust.” At the top of the site, it asks one question: “Are you scared?”
— Kid Rock (@KidRock) June 21, 2017
Democrats should be scared. Michigan is one of the many Democratic seats up for grabs in 2018 in a state that was won by Trump, and the current incumbent is Debbie Stabenow. Many already speculate that Rock could actually win if he gets the Republican nomination. As one of the very few celebrities from Michigan, he is – pardon the pun – “a rock star” in the state.
Rock is a hometown hero with instant name recognition, who definitely has the money, would easily garner more free media attention than any other candidate on either side, and could use this to his advantage to pull away a lot of minorities and young voters. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
And it’s not enough to say that he’s a conservative or a Republican; Rock is definitely channeling President Trump – who he’s friends with – in his impending campaign. In this profile by Rolling Stone, Rock lays out his views in no ambiguous terms, on everything from gun control to political correctness.
Even better than his broad libertarian leanings – fiscally conservative and socially liberal – is the extremely blunt manner in which he delivers his opinions. Here are some of his best gems:
“I’m not just wealthy, I’m loaded. I can say that because I’m not embarrassed. I’ve made a f**k-ton of money, but I’ve never made a dishonest dollar.”
“I’m digging Trump. I feel like a lot of people, whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, feel like if you get Hillary or Bernie, or you get Rubio or Cruz or whoever, there’s going to be the same sh**. Has that much f**king changed when anyone’s in office, whether it’s been a Republican or a Democrat, in our lifetime, anyway? I haven’t really seen this big, like, f**king change. Obviously some people f**ked up.”
“Somebody’s just gotta smack the f**k out of Congress and get them to start working together, and put this bullsh** aside and get this country back on track.”
Now THAT’S the kind of brutal, politically incorrect honesty we need in office, provided that Rock can maybe substantiate those words with equally agreeable policies – such as coming out against NAFTA and other free trade deals that harm Michigan’s working class.
As unbelievable as it may sound, Kid Rock just might be the best chance we have at flipping Michigan red in the Senate in 2018.
He can also prove that Trump wasn’t just a one-time fluke, but rather, the start of a whole new phenomenon.