Photo: Ross HalfinPete Townshend says he generally has shied away from focusing on politics in the songs he's written for The Who, but in a new interview with ABC News political reporter Jonathan Karl, the guitar legend shares a little bit of his own current political views.
Pointing out that he's "a bit of a neocon," Townshend told Karl that he likes "the idea of America as the world's police force, and then we [the U.K.] don't have to do it."
Pete also revealed that he had expected Mitt Romney to win the presidency.
"I thought he was throwing the money in such buckets and I thought [Barack] Obama looked tired," Townshend explained, while suggesting that the president's apparent weariness could have been the result of having to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy during the hard-fought campaign.
He added that the positive thing about the election's outcome was that the U.S. won't have to deal with an administrative change during a volatile economic period. "You need a continuum now I think," said Pete.
Townshend also explained that when he began composing songs for The Who, rather than writing directly about political issues, he was more interested in connecting with his generation on a different level.
"I found a new way to speak and to express myself to particularly those young teenagers that we entertained when we started out," he said. "That became my politics -- the politics of the spirit, the politics of the heart, the politics of the soul."
Asked about the meaning behind "Won't Get Fooled Again," one Who tune that seems to be particularly political, he said it actually is "an anti-politics song in a sense."
Townshend explained, "It's a description of exactly what I thought that we were doing. We could not go into politics."
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