What song lyric should the guitar hero dedicate to the Tea Party hero at a benefit for his opponent?
In retrospect, it seems inevitable: Joe Walsh, the guitarist best known for that endless solo on "Hotel California," has announced that he's endorsing Democrat Tammy Duckworth, a candidate for the House of Representatives in Illinois' 8th district who's running against ... wait for it ... Rep. Joe Walsh.
The Eagles guitarist is not only endorsing the Iraq war veteran but will also play a benefit concert for her July 1. In a statement, he said: "I'm the real Joe Walsh and I'm proud to back a real American success story -- Tammy Duckworth. Tammy's story, her service to our nation and her continued commitment to working families (like the one I come from!) have convinced me that she's the right choice for Congress." He also has bad blood with his doppelganger: He threatened to sue the congressman two years ago for using one of his songs.
Actually, it's not the musical Walsh's first foray into politics. In 1980 -- when he was 33 and not actually eligible to hold the office -- the Ohioan ran for president on a ticket of free gasoline for all and making his song "Life's Been Good" the new national anthem (at least it would be easier to sing). He's been a sporadic political donor, giving mostly to Democrats (Brad Sherman, Al Gore, the Democratic National Committee) though also to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California.