If John Kerry was swift boated in 2004, the GOP appears to be Swift voted in 2016. In a measure of the power of celebrity status in our culture, Taylor Swift has reportedly caused a massive registration after she endorsed Tennessee Democrats. For the GOP hoping for a “Brett bounce” of Republicans going to the polls (with money pouring in for both parties after the Kavanaugh confirmation), Swift appears to have blunted the impact, particularly in Tennessee, with a single posting on Instagram. We remain a celebrity driven society.
Swift dropped her apolitical persona in a big way in urging her 112 million followers to get out the vote. She noted her neutral history but noted “I feel differently about that now.”
She endorsed two Tennessee Democrats–Democrat Phil Bredesen for Senate and incumbent Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper. Donald Trump has been campaigning hard for the Senate GOP candidate Marsha Blackburn.
Swift’s post supporting Democrats contrasts with the views
The response? Some 65,000 Americans ages 18 to 29 registered to vote in the roughly 24 hours — a surge attributed by various officials to Swift’s posting.