17 May, 2007

A Little Bit of Politics... but American

I like the Clintons. Bill was working on his electoral campaign when I was in the first year of my degree studies. We were both very successful, though I emerged with slightly less scandal than Bill. Much as I liked him, I really liked his wife. Takes a lot of guts to say to the American people 'If you don't believe him, don't vote for him' and then to stand my him after he's admitted to getting a blow-job from a rather plain intern.

I've just seen this news story about Hilary inviting people to choose her campaign song in her own bid for the American presidency.

Now, firstly, I would imagine the people would want someone who can choose their own song without putting that to the vote, but it's all about engagement, so I can see why her advisors might think it's a good idea. But look at the choices:

U2 - 'City of Blinding Lights'
U2 - 'Beautiful Day'
KT Tunstall - 'Suddenly I See'
Smash Mouth - 'I'm a Believer'
The Temptations - 'Get Ready'
Dixie Chicks - 'Ready to Run'
Shania Twain - 'Rock This Country'
Jesus Jones - 'Right Here Right Now'
The Staple Singers - 'I'll Take You There'

I love that Smash Mouth's 'I'm a Believer' is in there. That's a cover of the Monkees song... as first heard in Shrek... Someone in her campaign has worked out how to attract new voters. She might as well put 'A Whole New World' from The Little Mermaid in there too. A friend suggested she should choose 'Stand by your Man' but that seems more than a little cruel.

Her website's a bit odd too. 'Help make history', it invites. In my mind, this has collided with Richard Curtis's campaign to get rid of poverty to produce 'Make Hilary history'.

Still, she's got a Jesus Jones song in the list - how cool is that? Hope she wins, but the cynic in me doesn't see it happening. The Right will intervene with dirty tricks - you mark my words.

I'd go with The Temptations, myself. Not so much a musical recommendation, more a guide for life.

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