Sunday, August 14, 2011

Performer mocks Republicans. Does she see the empty seats?

We went to see Mary Chapin Carpenter at Atlanta's Chastain Ampitheater last night.

Good show. But I'm a little disappointed the performer used her stage as a political soapbox to take some quickie shots at a few Republicans:

"This next song is so old... so old that Newt Gingrich was still married to his first wife."

"I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said Palin-Bachmann - No Brainer..."

I've seen Carpenter's act at Chastain before. She used to draw a packed house.

Last night? Glancing around the venue, it appeared to me that as many as two-thirds of the seats were empty.

I don't blame the performer for the empty seats. She's always been a Chastain favorite. And she still puts on a solid show.

But she's gotta look out into those empty seats and see the economy has only got worse since Democrats crammed through their hope and change stimulus-driven agenda in 2009 and 2010.

Now, people must be more careful with their money. They don't blow as much on concert tickets. And companies that once bought season tickets to a concert series - to be handed out as employee perks or client favors - just can't do that in times like these.

Snarky comments about Republicans won't fill empty seats again.

A revived private sector under policies championed by conservatives like those mocked by the performer just might.

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