The morning after winning the Tennessee Senate race, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R) appeared on “Fox & Friends” to take her revenge on Taylor Swift.
“Well I hope Taylor will shake it off,” Blackburn said, making possibly the most obvious Swift pun possible after trouncing the pop megastar’s preferred candidate, Democrat Phil Bredesen, by 10 points and more than 200,000 votes.
Swift’s surprise endorsement of Bredesen last month caused a sensation online, prompting many of her fans to register to vote and donate to Democrats en-masse, and leading to speculation that a wave of young voters could turn the conservative state blue.
In the end, Bredesen didn’t get half as many votes as Swift’s Instagram endorsement got likes.
Somewhat magnanimous in victory, Blackburn assured Swift and her fans that they “have an open door with me.” But she also touted her own campaign’s celebrity buzz — namely rally appearances by country musician Lee Greenwood and gospel singer Larry Gatlin, and her support in Congress for the Music Modernization Act of 2018.
“Just a host of folks with me from the music industry,” Blackburn said.