The PJ Tatler

Rocker Backs Santorum

Not sure if this endorsement is going to motivate a lot of people to vote for Rick Santorum, but for what it’s worth (and for something just a little lighter), I offer this interview with Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine:

“Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn’t gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney’s done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney… You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I’m hoping that if it does come down to it, we’ll see a Republican in the White House… and that it’s Rick Santorum.”

On the other candidates, he has some interesting things to say (and I am not saying I agree with any of his statements; they’re his, not mine, I’m just reporting them):

I’ve got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney’s five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there’s some questions there.

That kind of question is a bit strange from a hard-rock star, who likely has quite a pile of money himself, wouldn’t you say?

He seems to have doubts about Newt, too:

And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he’s just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was – that angry little man. I still like him, but I don’t think I’d vote for him.

And he really gets verbose about Ron Paul:

Ron Paul… you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide – 98 percent of it’s inert gases, but it’s the two percent that’s left that will kill you. What that means is that he’ll make total sense for a while, and then he’ll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we’re like the Taliban… I’m sorry, Congressman Paul, but I’m nothing like the Taliban.

I like that insecticide line, I may just have to borrow it someday.

Just to finish out the candidates, Mustaine really doesn’t seem to be the typical entertainment lefty:

I’m just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can’t bear to watch what’s happened to our great country. Everybody’s got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, ‘Oh, Obama’s doing such a great job…’ I don’t think so. Not from what I see.

So, for what it’s worth, Megadeth leader supports family-values candidate Rick Santorum.