Taylor Swift doesn't like to talk politics. The 25-year-old singer has said she doesn't want to influence how other people vote, although she registered to cast her ballot as soon as she turned 18.
But thanks to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), her likeness is now bashing President Barack Obama's plan to offer two free years of community college to all Americans. The Taylor-centric post, entitled "12 Taylor Swift GIFs for you," is markedly different than other posts on Boehner's website, which are usually called something like, "Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa to Deliver Republican Address to the Nation" or "President Obama, Democrats Proven Wrong on Gas Prices." In it, Boehner's team members Caleb Smith and Mike Ricci argue that Obama's college plan is a bad idea financially, and that it would cost more dollars total than "all the Taylor Swift album sales in the world." The post is illustrated by the promised GIFs.
The "Blank Space" singer, who's been friendly with former President George H. W. Bush and current first lady Michelle Obama as well as famous Democratic family the Kennedys, has clearly stated that she's not ready to publicly support anyone.
"I just feel like I don't have enough wisdom about myself as a person yet to go out there and say to 20 million followers on Twitter, and these people on Facebook, and whoever else is reading whatever interview I do, 'Vote for this person,'" Swift told NPR in November 2012. "I know who I'm going to vote for, but I don't think that it's important for me to say it, because it will influence people one way or another. And I just want to make sure that every public decision I make is an educated one."
Clearly, Boehner's staff was trying to leverage Swift's popularity in an attempt to appeal to a younger and hipper demographic.
Then there's also the fact that people from both major political parties really like Swift. Facebook reported ahead of last fall's elections that Swift is one of those rare acts liked equally by Republicans and Democrats.
Republican politicians in particular have recently taken to referring to the one-time country crooner. Earlier this month, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin quoted some of Swift's lyrics in a blog post she wrote for Today defending herself after she was criticized for sharing a photo of son Trig stepping on the family dog. Palin's response read, in part, "Shake It Off," capital letters and all. And in November, a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst, responded to a sexist comment from her Democratic opponent that she was "as attractive as Taylor Swift," with a simple, "Shake it off." Ernst ended up winning that race.
Perhaps the diplomatic Taylor Swift should run for president when she turns 35... in 2028.