If Nicki Minaj thought she'd send the political world and the
blogosphere into an incredulous swoon with her profane "endorsement" of
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, well, she was right.
and politicos have been swooning for hours today and they're still no
closer to determining whether Minaj is really for Mitt, or whether it's
just another ironic stunt by one of her performing alter egos.
those four-letter words in her "endorsement" would suggest the latter.
And the clean-cut, clean-mouthed Mitt Romney, who's more a "Golly!" guy
than an expletive-deleted guy, is no doubt wondering who the heck Nicki
For the record, she's a musician/rapper, and a wildly popular one at that (and she may soon be a judge on wildly popular American Idol).
She's also a wild performer, with daffy outfits and sometimes toxic
lyrics. Her latest Exhibit A is her appearance on Lil Wayne's (he's
another rapper, Mitt) new mixtape release, Dedication 4, which came out Monday.
a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy (expletive deleted) is
(expletive deleted) up the economy," she declares in one song, Mercy.
Or words to that effect rushed around the Twitterverse, political blogs
(most of them up to now focused on the Democrats' convention in
Charlotte) and media websites.
Gawker, tongue-in-cheek, tried to fact-check her. New York magazine noted that Minaj has previously tweeted that President Obama's health care plan should have gone further. Vanity Fair tweeted that so far "Internet (and presumably Mitt Romney) Confused" about what Minaj might be up to. Politico,
which reported the Minaj "endorsement" late Monday, today rounded up
the "best tweets" from other politicos reacting to the news. The best
one had to be from The Wall Street Journal's Lyneka Little.
the same rap, Minaj also mentions hanging out with zombies, so it's
hard to say exactly what it all means," she points out.
a zillion calls went out to Minaj and her publicists asking, in less
polite terms, are you serious? So far, no response, and she did not
enlighten via her Twitter account.
But here's the number Romney and his campaign might want to know: She
has 14.3 million followers. Presidential elections have been won by
less. Way less.