Saturday, May 25, 2013
There are only six weeks left until Election Day, and we have yet to hear a definitive campaign song from either camp.
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Oh, sure, President Obama used a snippet of Bruce Springsteen's "We Take Care of Our Own" at the Democratic National Convention, and Mitt Romney's campaign used Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It" until the song's writer, Dee Snider, demanded that it stop.
But neither side has hit upon that one song that epitomizes their candidate's message the way Franklin D. Roosevelt used "Happy Days Are Here Again," Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop" and George W. Bush's administration put a new twist on an Aerosmith classic with "Cheney's Got a Gun."
So, after careful consideration of each candidate's views on the issues, I've compiled a list of suggestions for both sides.
"Cry Me a River" by Justin Timberlake: A message to the "47 percent" of freeloading Americans who have been laid off, lost their homes, suffered a debilitating illness resulting in bankruptcy or live below the poverty line because unemployment is stuck at about 8 percent. Suck it up, people!
"You Talk Too Much" by Joe Jones: A message to fellow Republicans such as Todd Akin and Karl Rove to shut the bleep up -- at least until after the election.
"Bills, Bills, Bills" by Destiny's Child: A reminder about the deficit -- "You're slowly makin' me pay for things/ Your money should be handling."
"Long Road to Ruin" by Foo Fighters: Where Romney says Obama is leading the country. Or what he's doing to his own campaign by constantly putting his foot in his mouth.
"My Way" by Frank Sinatra: "Regrets? I've had a few."
"Don't Give Up on Us" by David Soul: "Don't make the wrong seem right/ The future isn't just one night." Don't make the "wrong" seem "right"? Get it? Talk about a tailor-made campaign song. And I'm sure David wouldn't mind the exposure -- he hasn't worked since, like, 1979.
"Get Over It" by The Eagles: A message to all the birthers and other conspiracy theorists.
"Sweetheart Like You" by Bob Dylan: The lyric "Steal a little, and they throw you in jail/ Steal a lot, and they make you king" pretty much sums up the Obama administration's failure to hold the banking industry accountable for plunging the country into the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression.
"Who's Sorry Now?" by Connie Francis: An ode to Osama bin Laden.
"Theme from Shaft" by Isaac Hayes: If Obama's looking for a song that can present him as a compassionate man who's not afraid to open up a can of you-know-what, he could do a lot worse than this. "He's a complicated man/ But no one understands him but his woman." True, that.
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