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Bruce Springsteen stumps for Barack Obama

The Boss plans a concert in Virginia this week.

No one who's followed Bruce Springsteen's illustrious career should be surprised that he's jumped into the political race, backing Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama. In 2004, The Boss was the star attraction at numerous "Vote for Change" concerts supporting then Democratic nominee John Kerry. And when Obama was inaugurated, Springsteen was there, performing before millions, Pete Seeger-style.

Last week, Bruce Springsteen posted a lengthy missive on his official website, detailing his views and beliefs. Now, he's planning a free concert at a big Obama for America rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday.In a message dated October 17, 2012, Bruce Springsteen posted "A Message From Bruce" on his site, explaining in great detail why he feels that Barack Obama should be re-elected to office. The next day, thousands turned out for Obama rallies in Parma, Ohio, and Ames, Iowa, where Springsteen performed a few acoustic songs and spent some time firing up the crowds (with the help of former President Bill Clinton in Ohio). Now, he'll rinse and repeat at a show in Virginia this week.

For fans who agree with Bruce's politics, this is a joy to behold. But what about for those who don't? I'm a huge part of the so-called Bruce "community" of fans, and I have friends on both sides. The ones who disagree with Springsteen's politics, for the most part, just kind of let it slide, opting to trust the art and not necessarily the artist. But for those who agree with Bruce Springsteen's political views, well, they're in heaven right about now.

I've been thinking a lot about how much celebrity endorsements matter in elections. Bruce Springsteen is a rock god, to be sure, but does it matter that he's doing all of this? Will an independent, undecided voter who just happens to be a Springsteen fan suddenly decide to vote for Obama after seeing The Boss perform a few poignant songs? Probably not. But these shows at campaign stops probably do help to get the base fired way up, so there's that.

What do you think? If you were an undecided voter, would these kinds of appearances influence your decision in any way? And, if you love Bruce Springsteen but disagree with his politics, are you still a fan of the man's music? Let me know in the comments. I'd love to hear everyone's opinions.