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A Selection of the Weirdest Political Endorsements by Musicians

“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 quoth music industry rebel and political iconoclast Dave Mustaine in an interview with MusicRadar.com this week, an interview wherein he also discusses his acting ambitions and bitches about Fred Durst. The answer to America’s problems, according to Mustaine, consists of two words, one of which may or may not be a neologism for fecal sludge: Rick Santorum.

Anyone who’s followed Mustaine’s career will know he’s long had conservative inclinations, but he’s not the only musician who’s broken with the liberal norm to make an unlikely political endorsement. From Fidel Castro to Sarah Palin, pretty much every much ideological base has been covered over the years. Here is a selection of the strangest — some hilarious, some plain weird, and at least one hugely depressing.

Dave Mustaine endorses Rick Santorum

But first: Mustaine on Santorum. As it turns out, Mustaine’s support for the Republican primary race’s wingiest nut isn’t so much a case of an abiding love for homophobic evangelicals as it is a process of elimination. According to Dave, Mitt Romney’s too rich (“Mitt Romney’s five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money?”), while Ron Paul’s too, well, Ron Paul-y (“He’ll make total sense for a while, and then he’ll say something so way out that it negates everything else”). And Rick Santorum “went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable,” which indicates he “has some presidential qualities.” Fun fact: Dave Mustaine’s vote counts for the exact same amount as yours does!

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