Virus Viral Video: Another Angry Old Man for Romney

According to Wikipedia:

… On October 25, 2012 Meat Loaf endorsed Mitt Romney for President of the United States, oddly citing the Cold War as a major reason he had been “arguing for Mitt Romney for a year”. Meat Loaf explained that “I have never been in any political agenda in my life, but I think that in 2012 this is the most important election in the history of the United States, because there has (sic) storm clouds come over the United States. There is (sic) thunder storms over Europe. There are hail storms – and I mean major hail storms! – in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere.”

There is a saying among my shanty Irish people: I hope for his sake that the man was as drunk as he sounds.


P.S. The verse that neither singer can could choke out:

O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country lov’d,
And mercy more than life…

If Romney had ever shown any indication of self-awareness, you’d think maybe he was just too embarrassed to sing those words in front of a bunch of his fellow Republicans.

(I’ve long thought our “national hymn” could be improved by dropping the ‘pilgrim feet’ verse and using the ‘Confirm thy soul in self-control/Thy liberty in law’ chorus with this one. No modern American singer would be permitted more than three verses, anyway.)

81 replies
  1. 1
    something fabulous says:

    So, there’s The Loaf, and the Alabama guy, but so far I haven’t been able to figure who the other two dudes were. One seems to be doing a Tom Petty-ish thing… surely not?!…

  2. 2
    Applejinx says:

    Aw, Meat Loaf, really?
    There sure are storms everywhere- but more than that, there’s celebrities everywhere proving that they’re just fallible oft-misinformed people like the rest of us.
    Guy’s always been good at emotion, and unhealthy choices. I’m honestly glad he’s still around, but this move of his is about as wise as the story in the song ‘Bat Out Of Hell’. Maybe it’s nearly as romantic, but it sure is just as misguided.

    Hey Meat: I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do THAT.

    You’d like me to respect your heart, your art and your smarts.

    Two out of three ain’t bad…

  3. 3
    JustAnotherBob says:

    Holy Shit

  4. 4
    Joseph Nobles says:

    First time I ever saw Meat Loaf, he was the undead half-brained ex-lover of a sweet transvestite. And now he’s endorsing Romney.

    One from the vaults, indeed.

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    SectionH says:

    AL: never heard that Ould Irish Saying before, but it’s pretty deadly, er, good.

    As far as anthems or similar go, I’m happiest with Ankh-Morpork’s: the words are mostly “nur…nur…nur.” Sensible man, Lord Vetinari.

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    eemom says:

    Meat Loaf — which Meat Loaf? Surely you cannot mean Bat Out of Hell, Paradise By the Dashboard Light Meat Loaf. You MUST mean some other Meat Loaf.

    Or else I am fucking heartbroken.

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    Donald G says:

    “I will do anything for love, but I won’t vote Mitt.”

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    Applejinx says:

    Yeah- heartbroken.

    It’s okay to love the poor guy. I hope he gets better again. This is one of those moments that if you survive you end up in meetings going “and then I was reeling drunk, braying like a donkey on stage and hugging Mitt Romney”…

    Ain’t nobody gonna top THAT ‘when I was drinking’ story.

    Heart, art and smarts: dammit, Meat. I guess ONE out of three ain’t bad?

    We love you, get help!

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    Applejinx says:

    @something fabulous:
    It wouldn’t be Tom Petty. For one, he seems to be bearded nowadays, and for another, he’s allowing Obama to use his music-

  10. 10
    Narcissus says:

    I don’t know a lot about Meat Loaf, but from what I saw of him on Trumps show, he seems a little…off.

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    Raven says:

    @Applejinx: Fuck no it wouldn’t be Petty.

  12. 12
    AxelFoley says:

    Fuckin’ Meatloaf? WTF? He’s gone wingnut on us?

  13. 13
    Raven says:

    @AxelFoley: He was a moron way before this.

  14. 14
    Warren Terra says:

    Mitt Romney really is the new Michael J Fox, isn’t he?

    (Meaning by that the Alex Keaton character Mojo Nixon ragged on, not the talented guy bravely struggling with Parkinson’s)

    PS Who is the fat ham at the end of the video (the one in Anne’s post, not the one I linked)? The one in black, not wearing a hat, who absolutely wrecks the (already ragged) song at the end because he thinks he’s Lucianno Pavarotti alone in the shower or something?

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    Raven says:

    @Warren Terra: Randy Owen from Alabama. I’m surprised they haven’t dragged that phoney son-of-a-bitch Lee Greenwood up there too.

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    Narcissus says:

    It really is hilarious though

    I want a ringtone of Loaf doing his solo.

  17. 17
    Raven says:

    The need to get Big and Rich the hell off of the Game Day intro!

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    Applejinx says:

    @AxelFoley: Axel, he’s an alcoholic. He is raving, stumbling drunk, so drunk he can’t even sing.

    He’s so drunk he’s invented a new kind of drunk. He’s “I got so drunk I endorsed Mitt Romney” drunk.

    I have the Classic Albums DVD covering ‘Bat Out Of Hell’. On it, he’s interviewed extensively in the studio, and plays back the original multitracks for the album. At one point- I tried to find this on youtube and failed- he plays back a vocal track, and he sings along with it and hits all the high notes, just perfect, and he’s so happy. It’ll break your heart to see that and then see this. He’s apparently a really nice guy and all he ever wanted to do was sing.

    I hate the Republicans for taking advantage of this poor guy. They don’t care about him. They don’t care about wrecking his reputation or hurting him, or what his fans or the people who love him would think. All they care about is pumping up his fears and worries, preying on his poor abused mind and getting that ‘endorsement’. This is the celebrity version of Paul Ryan’s soup kitchen.

    Meat Loaf needs to get his ass to rehab. Where there’s life there’s hope but he is running with a BAD crowd that doesn’t care about him at all. This is evilness.

  19. 19
    Mister Harvest says:

    I’m really disappointed; Meat Loaf is the only celebrity I’ve been mistaken for multiple times. That’s going to be really embarrassing next time.

  20. 20
    Raven says:


    “Meat Loaf was born in Dallas, Texas.[5] He was the only child of Wilma Artie (née Hukel), a school teacher and a member of the Vo-di-o-do Girls gospel quartet, and Orvis Wesley Aday, a police officer. His father was an alcoholic who would go on drinking binges for days at a time.[6] Aday and his mother would drive around to all the bars in Dallas, looking for Orvis to take him home.”

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    I thought he was good in Fight Club. More dignity in that performance than in real life on this occasion.

  22. 22
    Geoduck says:

    What would be really sad would be if he was making a mangled reference to global climate change.

  23. 23
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Meat Loaf seems like a cool guy. Bit disappoined, but I guess life must go on. There must be something about The Bot which some people find alluring which escapes me.

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    Lancelot Link says:

    Has he been biking without a helmet with Gary Busey or something?
    Alcohol’s no excuse -i’m drunk now, and I would do ANYTHiNG when I’m drunk, but – dammit that joke already got used twice.

    Oh, and I think the word you want for the title is “venereal”

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    Raven says:

    @Patricia Kayden: Can you spell White?

  26. 26
    Raven says:

    @Lancelot Link: The wiki says he once got hit in the head with a shot put.

  27. 27
    arguingwithsignposts says:

    So, Dave Mustaine, Meat Loaf, Ted Nugent, Clint Eastwood … anyone noticing a pattern here in Mitt’s celebrity endorsements?

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    geg6 says:


    Well, in defense of weird washed-up white guys, Axl Rose is voting Obama.

  29. 29
    Lancelot Link says:

    Oh, hey – maybe this was a paid endorsement.
    After the royalty checks and nostalgia gigs run out sometimes musicians and celebrities don’t have anything left to sell but their dignity

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    Raven says:

    @geg6: And touring with Neil Young.

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    arguingwithsignposts says:

    @Lancelot Link:

    After the royalty checks and nostalgia gigs run out sometimes musicians and celebrities don’t have anything left to sell but their dignity

    For a lot of them, the nostalgia gigs are selling out their dignity.

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    PSoTD says:

    You know that Meat Loaf sang with Ted Nugent back in the 70s. They must have been talking politics during breaks at the recording studio.

    Here’s an ironic recording they made.

  33. 33

    I hated his music before, now I know why.

  34. 34
    WereBear says:

    @Raven: I had been thinking, “I’ve never met an alcoholic with a happy childhood.”

    And then I read your comment. So true!

  35. 35
    Nick says:

    Um, guys? It’s not like it’s been a secret that Meat Loaf’s a Republican.

    (Which makes me confused why his “endorsement” of Romney is a thing. I mean, it’d be like Matt Damon endorsing Obama — it’s sort of expected, and should really be responded to with a brief “Yeah, of course you do”. It’d only be news if Meat Loaf didn’t endorse Romney for some reason.)

  36. 36
    stratplayer says:

    Meat Loaf shows himself to be quite the intellectual heavyweight, doesn’t he?

  37. 37
    Marc says:

    I saw Meat Loaf in concert years ago. He spent the entire show raging against women, marriage, and how ex-wives were demons from hell. He had several at that point.

    Color me unsurprised.

    Gallagher is a raving loon too.

  38. 38
    UncommonSense says:

    I’d like to see the right-wing freakout if somebody at an Obama rally, Beyonce’ or Springsteen, would act so foolish and irreverent while singing America the Beautiful or the national anthem. The clip would be wall to wall on Fox News. WHY, they would howl, WHY does Obammy hate America enough to let someone insult this country by defiling such a sacred song?

    CNN would, of course, have to report on the controversy. In short order, the NYT, Washington Post and AP would have to do so, as well. And then it would be a full-blown scandal. Gallup and Rasmussen would have polling data on how voters were reacting to the scandal. Local news stations, especially in the battleground states, would do stories with reactions from people in the parking lot at the mall or the post office.

    Your right-wing aunts and cousins would all have Facebook posts about it (LIKE THIS if you think America is more beautiful than Obama thinks it is).

    And a week-and-a-half before the election, the manufactured outrage would actually threaten to give Romney an edge.

    That’s if, and only if, it happened at an Obama rally.

  39. 39
    Emily says:

    Those “American exceptionalism” guys really aren’t going to like the lyric:

    America America
    God mend thine every flaw.

  40. 40
    Fluke bucket says:

    The “We Need A Real Recovery” that seems to caption this epic collapse is just the right touch.

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    BobS says:

    I’m not sure why, but Romney seems to be racking up the endorsements of many of the second rate (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper) and with Kid Rock and now Meat Loaf, third rate rock’n’rollers from Detroit.

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    Bob h says:

    We have Bruce Springsteen, Romney has these drunken assholes.

  43. 43
    Ash Can says:

    I love the subtitle on the vid, “The Romney Horror Picture Show.” I watched this with the sound turned down, and just saw couple of old washed-up drunks hanging on a stiff-as-a-board Mitt Romney. I have to wonder if Romney fell down the stairs trying to walk off the stage after those guys were breathing in his face.

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    Woodrowfan says:

    Oh well, I still really like his first album.

  45. 45
    GregB says:

    Smells like the Meat Loaf has gone bad.

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    1badbaba3 says:

    Wow, that’s bad. That’s actually worse than the Romney version from last Spring. He, however, has an excuse. What the fuck has happened to the vaunted GOP ability to quality control their messaging? This is strictly amateur hour, man.

    I give it, like, a 5; It has no beat, and you can’t dance to it.

  47. 47
    Lolis says:


    Last I heard, Matt Damon went firebagger. Although I did see he was supporting Elizabeth Warren.

  48. 48
    BobS says:

    @Lolis: Matt Damon has never hidden his affection for and the influence of his longtime neighbor, Howard Zinn.

  49. 49
    Lauren says:

    Cowboy Hat Guy is John Rich, country singer. Mr. Rich won the season of Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice in which Mr. Loaf competed.

  50. 50
    gnomedad says:

    Wow, I never thought I’d feel sorry for Mittens. I kept thinking, wait, this is a fake, right? This time the Daily Show has gone too far.

  51. 51
    Agoraphobic Kleptomaniac says:

    you’ll never convince me this wasn’t an operation of Project Mayhem.

    Also, W. T. Fuck is “defiance” and why is that a campaign slogan for Romney? Are they seriously going with the “government is illigitimate” theme for their presidential election?

  52. 52
    gogol's wife says:


    That’s a spot-on analysis!

  53. 53
    gnomedad says:

    @Agoraphobic Kleptomaniac:
    This was in Defiance, Ohio.

  54. 54
    Robin G. says:

    @UncommonSense: Accurate post is accusate.

  55. 55
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    I can’t decide what was more gut-wrenching, that hideous rendition of our unofficial national anthem or finding out Meatloaf is playing on Team Evil.

  56. 56
    Agoraphobic Kleptomaniac says:

    @gnomedad: Ah! makes sense now.

  57. 57
    Bighorn Ordovican Dolomite says:

    But the question still stands–what is Meat Loaf’s take on the occluded front near the Canadian Maritimes? IS there one there or not?

  58. 58
    nemesis says:

    willard secures the Loaf vote.

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    Tom65 says:

    I guess he will do that.

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    priscianusjr says:

    Dear Mr. Loaf,
    You say “I have never been in any political agenda in my life.” You should have stopped right there. I mean, it’s true, as you also say, that “in 2012 this is the most important election in the history of the United States”, but you don’t have the political judgment to understand why. You fell for the Republican baloney.
    You should have talked about this more with your friend Steven Van Zandt.

  61. 61
    schrodinger's cat says:

    @Nick: Hasn’t Matt Damon gone firebagger?

  62. 62
    Cacti says:

    Mitt’s really racking up those aging butt-rocker endorsements.

  63. 63
    Just Some Fuckhead says:

    @schrodinger’s cat:

    Hasn’t Matt Damon gone firebagger?

    Based on the current definition of firebagger, which is anyone who doesn’t just melt while gushing about President Obama or note Michelle Obama’s awesome figure, muscle tone or striking outfits, many of us are firebaggers now.

  64. 64
    Maude says:

    There ain’t no doubt about it, Mr. Loaf is in a bad way.

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    blingee says:

    Rmoneys 6th reboot reinvention unofficial slogan is “I’m whiter than Obama”.

    This video should be the unofficial proof of that unofficial slogan.

    Oh and I thought meatloaf was dead. His voice sure is.

  66. 66
    blingee says:

    @Applejinx: Meatloaf is a grown fucking man you wanker. Stop apologizing for him just because he made one fucking hit in his entire life that you can relate to and reminds you of your youth.

    Cry me a river you fucking apologist.

  67. 67
    Bobby Thomson says:

    @geg6: Didn’t see that coming. I guess he’s matured since his Guns n Racists days.

  68. 68
    Bobby Thomson says:

    @blingee: A grown fucking man with an illness that has destroyed stronger people. Doesn’t excuse his behavior, but wanting him to get help doesn’t make someone an apologist.

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    karen marie says:

    I didn’t understand the video at all. I didn’t recognize what they were singing even though I thought I had read that they were singing America the Beautiful, nor did I recognize Meatloaf, either visually or aurally. If I hadn’t been told what I was seeing and hearing, I would have thought Romney was up there with some homeless people and the whole thing had just gone terribly wrong, as do most of his ideas.

  70. 70
    JoyfulA says:

    The day I listened to Rush Limbaugh, maybe 20 years ago, he said Meat Loaf was his favorite rock-n-roller. I had never heard of Meat Loaf before.

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    Fluke bucket says:

    I can’t tell if Mitt is wearing a bra or a bullet proof vest.

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    schrodinger's cat says:

    @JoyfulA: I only know one Meatloaf song,

    I will do anything for love, but I won’t do that,

    which never made any sense to me.

  73. 73
    hitchhiker says:

    That clip is a metaphor for what might happen if Romney gets elected . . . it starts with a bunch of cheering fools and some noble-sounding God talk, then quickly devolves into we-don’t-know-what-the-fuck-we’re-doing-up-here.

    I want to stop being scared that I might have to witness it. I want this election to be safely over.

  74. 74
    McJulie says:


    That clip is a metaphor for what might happen if Romney gets elected . . . it starts with a bunch of cheering fools and some noble-sounding God talk, then quickly devolves into we-don’t-know-what-the-fuck-we’re-doing-up-here.

    Beautiful. Well, terrifying, actually. But beautifully observed.

  75. 75
    Ruckus says:

    I hate the Republicans for taking advantage of this poor guy. They don’t care about him. They don’t care about wrecking his reputation or hurting him, or what his fans or the people who love him would think. All they care about is pumping up his fears and worries, preying on his poor abused mind and getting that ‘endorsement’. This is the celebrity version of Paul Ryan’s soup kitchen.

    This is what they are trying to do and how they feel to/about all of us.

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    Applejinx says:

    @John Emerson:
    Welp- I concede complete, total defeat.

    I remember somebody saying he WAS a nice guy, at some point. Alcohol’s a cruel-ass master.

    You all are right. Meat Loaf is a complete asshole.

    I guess it’s nice that he’s had moments of not being a complete asshole during his life, but oh well.

    Will they play clips of his meltdown when talking about his new endorsement? FUCK, can Willard pick ’em. Words fail!

  78. 78
    Thoughtcrime says:

    @Fluke bucket:

    I can’t tell if Mitt is wearing a bra or a bullet proof vest.

    This is Mitt. Mitt has bitch tits.

    And his campaign adviser should have told Mitt, “Don’t let your Meat Loaf”.

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    Shabbazz says:

    @Warren Terra:

    I recently saw Mojo Nixon with Skid Roper here in San Diego and, to your point, he replaced the Michael J Fox bit with the following:

    “Mitt Romney got NO ELVIS in him because he’s a psychotic robot built by aliens to STEAL OUR SOULS — YEAH!!””

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    Bulworth says:

    Good grief, Axl Rose is still alive?

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    halfcynic says:

    @Bulworth: Last I saw he’d gotten plastic surgery that makes him look quite a bit like Howdy Doody. It was very disturbing.

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