The very first concert I ever attended was Al Green. I went with a friend. My step-dad was a huge Motown fan and also loved vinyl. Every Sunday he'd fire up the record player with dozens of Motown albums. I wanted to go to Guns-n-Roses before that but my mom wouldn't let me because she said that it would be "dangerous." Of course that was the night they incited a riot and destroyed our amphitheater. THANKS AXL. I wasn't allowed to go to another concert until I could drive.
5. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?
Some Elvis trading cards. My grandmother was a huge Elvis fan and, despite having 23 grandchildren, had more photos of Elvis in her house than photos of her grandchildren. For awhile she made The Pilgrimage to Memphis every year with her sister and they would visit Graceland and take photos of the exact same things as they did the previous year. She was such a fun lady and I learned a lot from her. I also inherited her love of The King.
6. What important advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? Did you take it?
After hearing that I got bullied at school one day my mom, the female Clint Eastwood who used to perch a cigarette on her lower lip before she stopped smoking, squinted her eyes at me and said "Don't you ever get your ass beat. I forbid it. You have a God-given ability to fight back so do it." I was astounded that I both had permission and that she said "ass" right before "God." I took it.
7. If Democrats and Republicans had theme songs for 2012 what would they be?
Alice Cooper's "Elected" for the GOP and Santigold's "Shove It" for the Democrats. Said lovingly.
8. Who would be on the perfect "Red Eye" panel?
It would have to exceed the number of regular allotted guests because I cannot make up my mind. Jesse Hughes from Eagles of Death Metal, Sarah Palin, Jennifer Lawrence to spite PETA, Vincent Gallo, Rep. Allen West, myself (omg! of course!), Adam S. Baldwin, Vince Vaughn, Sonnie Johnson, Glenn Reynolds, Patricia Heaton, Adam Carolla, all together for a three or four-hour panel. Fox would totally let that fly, right?
9. What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the media?
Sitting many stories up in midtown Manhattan to contribute to ABC's midterm election coverage with George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer. Also contributing to CNN from the Republican primary debates. Watching history happen, watching the first movements towards voting for change in 2012; being right at wheel level, that's what it's all about. I also was once in a bathroom stall right next to Congresswoman Bachmann during commercial break for one debate. Part of me really wanted to tell my future grandkids that "I was once next to the bathroom stall of the first female President."
10. What's your favorite home-cooked meal?
My mother-in-law's lasagna. Hands to sky it's better than lasagna I've had in the nicest Italian restaurants anywhere in the country.
11. What one thing would you do as President "just because you could"?
Cut absolutely everything not enumerated in Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution. After that, I would fly to Roswell and walk beyond the sign that threatens trespassers with "use of deadly force."
12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.
I was in 9th grade I stared at my history teacher's Clinton/Gore sticker on her chalkboard and wondered how difficult it would be to remove if they lost. Then I wondered what she found so appealing about those men to deface her chalkboard with her sticker. Thus began the path. I left it for a few years and reentered it as a conservative on September 11, 2001.
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