Let’s rewind to last year, when the usual suspects in the
media fretted that Kid Rock’s decision to go all counter-culture and endorse
Mitt Romney would be a blow to the musician’s standing with his fans. This CBS
report highlighted the risks of alienation (a concern seldom expressed about,
Rock told the raucous crowd gathered at Oakland
University that he believes "you have to stand for something" even if
it means losing fans.
"It is a little difficult to put myself in
this position knowing it may alienate a few fans, but you know what I really
believe strongly that it's okay to disagree on politics and the direction of
our country without hating one another," he said.
Rock added that it was OK to disagree,
particularly in a music business that he says "leans very left."
But the damage -- if there was any -- appears have been minimal, at least among Harley Nation.
Yesterday, Harley-Davidson announced that Kid Rock would
be one of three Marcus Amphitheater headliners for Harley’s s 110th anniversary
party on the Summerfest grounds Labor Day weekend.(Perhaps Elton John was
otherwise engaged and thus unavailable for an encore appearances.) Harley also
rolled out a “new partnership with Rock that includes title sponsorship of his
Rebel Soul tour, named after Rock's 2012 album.”
So despite all the warnings that Kid Rock would alienate
fans by being an open Republican... Harley has decided to go all in with Kid Rock.
Does that mean that Harley believes their constituency is actually all right
Think about it... Harley riders used to be the "Screw
the Government, anti-establishment crowd.”
Has being a conservative now become the rebellious act that
marks the Harley rider as sticking it to the man?
Exit thought: Kid
Rock wouldn’t have lip synched at a Romney inauguration.