Just type "Kelly Clarkson+Ron Paul" into any search engine this afternoon and you'll get a sense of just how much she's stirred things up in the last 24 hours. The Fort Worth-born American Idol alum tweeted her support for Texas Republican and presidential hopeful Ron Paul last night ("I love Ron Paul. I liked him a lot during the last republican nomination and no one gave him a chance. If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 hes got my vote. Too bad he probably wont.") and then, the Internet flipped out, accusing Clarkson of supporting, among other things, "a homophobe" and "a racist."
Mediaite has a pretty thorough overview of the ensuing craziness (which, let's face it, is basically a tempest in a media teapot, as the waning days of any year offer scant material for juicy headlines). The singer, who said she was a registered Republican but voted Democrat in the last election, offered an apology for anyone offended, saying "I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all."
Clarkson, who just released an iTunes Session on Tuesday, will play a brief concert prior to the Sugar Bowl on Monday and has a date set (Feb. 10) for a return to the Verizon Theatre. Probably safe to say 2012 won't include any further punditry from the multi-platinum superstar.