Sunday, November 2, 2008

Press release of the day: Ramone family endorsements


OK, all you inexplicably still-undecided voters, you now have the final endorsements you need to make up your minds: Linda Cummings, widow of Johnny Ramone, has been hanging out with the McCains and getting props from the Senator’s 24-year-old blogger daughter Meghan, which has prompted the following release from Mikey Leigh, a.k.a. Mitchell Hyman, younger bro of Joey:

“It has been brought to my attention that Linda Cummings, using the name ‘Ramone,’ has recently been in the media joining with the Palin family and the McCains to attempt to aid their campaign for the Presidency. As a President of Ramones Productions, and brother of Joey Ramone, I just want it to be clear that Linda Cummings does not represent the political views of the Ramones. Surely, as for Joey Ramone, the only Ramones song he would sing at a Republican campaign event would be ‘Glad To See You Go!’

I should add that when Johnny stated ‘God Bless George Bush’ at the 2002 Rock&Roll Hall of Fame awards, I realize now that he was on to something. Because if it were not for George Bush and his handling of our country the past 8 years, I doubt so many Americans, including so many highly regarded Republicans, would now be getting behind Barack Obama. So, yes, God bless George Bush for paving the way to Obama.”

The Ramones’ political schism goes way back. Johnny was a staunch Republican, while Joey wrote “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” in protest of Reagan’s 1985 visit to a German cemetery where 49 SS soldiers were buried. Johnny insisted that for U.S. releases the song be called “My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down.”

Johnny and Joey didn’t speak to each other for years. Those are committed voters.

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