A little surprise isn't bad for you. Upending expectations and stereotypes provide unbounded benefits. Before this gets too general: country music legend Tim McGraw is an Obama supporter. In the way of public secrets, this isn't explosive nor particularly confounding but it is interesting. Country music--being at and below the Mason-Dixon line--is usually marked out as a Republican territory. All that patriotic dross: rah-rah American, flag-waving, in-your face love of the red-white-and blue in defiance of the anti-American, uppity Northeastern and West Coast adversarial culture(s) doesn't say: I support Barack Obama. Yet McGraw does. And he goes further: “[Bill Clinton] is the best president we ever had.” McGraw, a three-time Grammy award-winning performer with 40 million albums out there in the world, doesn't appear to give a whit about losing supporters: he's been publicly identifying Democrat since 2006.
Even more shocking: there are others like McGraw! For instance, Toby Keith, Chely Wright, et al. Since country music listeners are overwhelmingly Republican it is interesting that outspoken Democrat-leaning music stars haven't seen a decrease in sales; but artistic prowess is sufficient enough a protection against ideological difference, it appears. Moral of the story: Don't assume a man's political leanings by his hat, his scruffy beard, his sleeve-worn patriotism, and the country songs he sings. He might just be a Democrat anyway.
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