Look out, Fab Four — Rep. Thaddeus McCotter might have a new musical idol. The Michigan Republican, a well-known Beatles fanboy, took to the House floor Friday and declared himself inspired by another British rock outfit: Led Zeppelin.
McCotter said he had woken up with a “hankering” to listen to some Zep and finally figured out where he had picked up the bug.
“It’s because, for the Democratic Party, ‘The Song Remains the Same,’” he said, referring to a song and live album by the Robert Plant-fronted band. “Once again we are regaled with Democrats’ ... plan: Do nothing, spend everything, go bankrupt, benefits go bye-bye.”
We know McCotter to be a huge Beatles devotee: He has a giant poster of John Lennon in his office and even paid tribute last year to his favorite rock act in an anti-health-care-bill spoof essay describing “President [Barack] Obama’s Lefty Health Club Band.” And other political theater has drawn on Bob Dylan’s music: McCotter once produced a video mimicking the folk singer’s famous “Subterranean Homesick Blues.”
But the Zep reference seems to be a first.
“He’s definitely a Beatles guy, and he sometimes talks about the Rolling Stones or [Bruce] Springsteen,” spokesman Michael Bars says.
The Dalai Lama greets House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., before a meeting with House leaders in the Capitol. The Dalai Lama was on the Hill to meet with members of the House and Senate and also presided of the Senate's morning prayer.