Romney/Ryan Piss Off Dead Rocker's Mom
Alas, the great Phil Lynott of the wonderful Irish rock band Thin Lizzy died in 1986. They left behind such unforgettable songs as "Jailbreak," "Whiskey in the Jar" and of course, the 1976 hit "The Boys Are Back in Town," one of the most electrifying rock tunes of all time. The song courses with energy, aggression and momentum.
What a wonderful song to use as an intro to a candidate's arrival onstage, right?
Not so much, according to Phil Lynott's 81-year-old mother. She takes a dim view of Paul Ryan using her son's composition in this manner at the Republican National Convention last week.
Among other things Philomena Lynott said,
Mitt Romney's opposition to gay marriage and to civil unions for gays makes him anti-gay – which is not something that Philip would have supported. He had some wonderful gay friends, as indeed I do, and they deserve equal treatment in every respect, whether in Ireland or the United States.
"Neither would Philip have supported his policy of taxing the poor and offering tax cuts to the rich, which Paul Ryan is advocating. There is certainly no way that I would want the Lynott name to be associated with any of those ideas.
Oops. I guess All Lyin' isn't the rockin' hipster he tries to make himself out to be.
But I think I've just become an even bigger Thin Lizzy fan.