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Arizona Rep. Martha McSally may not be able to rock a tutu like her Democratic opponent, Rep. Krysten Sinema, can.
But let me tell you — she can sure rock the national anthem.
In a clip that’s going viral just in time to help in a close election, the Republican challenger to fill Jeff Flake’s Senate seat can be seen singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Arizona State University homecoming game on Saturday.
And boy, did she manage to nail it:
— Martha McSally (@RepMcSally) November 3, 2018
“Thrilled and honored to be able to sing the National Anthem before @ASU’s homecoming game,” McSally tweeted. “Congrats on the win!”
And no, it wasn’t exactly Whitney Houston’s performance before Super Bowl XXV. (If you’re too young to remember that, just search YouTube and thank me later. If you want to know more about Super Bowl XXV and loathe the Bills, you can also search YouTube for “Wide Right” and thank me later, too.)
However, when non-entertainment celebrities sing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” hilarity usually results. Those with long memories will cringe at thoughts of the renditions of Roseanne Barr or Carl Lewis (remarking on the track star’s version of the anthem, “SportsCenter” anchor Charlie Steiner noted it sounded like the song had been written by “Francis Scott Off-Key”).
Not only was McSally good for a politician, she was good period. Talk about doing the anthem proud.
McSally, it’s worth noting, wasn’t an ASU graduate. Rather, she went to the Air Force Academy and then got a master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Oh, and she was also the highest-ranking female fighter pilot in the Air Force.
I mean, ASU is good and all, but I’d have to say all of that is just a smidgen better.
However, if McSally wanted to adopt ASU as her honorary alma mater, the school probably wouldn’t mind.
After all, things went pretty well for the Sun Devils after the anthem was finished. ASU didn’t pick a cupcake for homecoming, as many schools do. Sixteenth-ranked Utah was the 8.5-point favorite going into Saturday’s matchup but Arizona State ended up winnning 38-20.
So, I just have a message for Sun Devils’ fans. Saturday worked out pretty well for you. And, quite frankly, nobody brings back someone who loses an election to sing the national anthem.
However, if a certain politician happens to be your senator, that’s a Sun Devil of a different color.
I’m just saying, if you’re superstitious and you want to keep the good luck going, you’ve got to get out and vote on Tuesday.
Top-ranked opponents aren’t going to beat themselves, after all, and I don’t think a Sen. Sinema singing the anthem in a tutu is going to bring you quite the same level of luck.