When Meat Loaf announced last night that he was giving Mitt Romney his first-ever political endorsement because Barack Obama said the Cold War was over and Romney was therefore the only candidate left who was willing to stand up to the Red Menace, the jokes pretty much wrote themselves.

But the real jaw-dropper happened later, when Loaf and Romney stood side by side and sang "America the Beautiful" — or at least what "America the Beautiful" would sound like if it were emanating from a dying cat that just had its tail stomped on by a hard-crush fetishist.

Lindsay Lohan, Stacey Dash, Meat Loaf, and the Naked Cowboy? How can Romney lose.

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