Former President Clinton's saxophone-playing aside, most pols aren't musical savants. That's why we've come up with our own campaign song suggestions for them. You can hear them on our Spotify Playlist if you have an account.
“Getting Better” – The song is in part about John Lennon’s abusive relationships with women, but “You’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time” could be just the message President Obama needs to send the country about the sluggish economic recovery.
“Taxman” – Mitt Romney could fire back with a Beatles track of his own, about the 95 percent marginal income-tax rate in England in the 1960s. It prompted George Harrison to write, “If it gets too cold, I’ll tax the heat. If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.” Rumor has it that an early draft of the song rhymed “irate” and “individual mandate.”
“Born to Run” – He’s got the hair, he’s got the pedigree, and he’s been eyeing the top job practically since birth. Romney could lend himself an air of inevitability by making the case that he was born to run for president. It’s too bad that Bruce Springsteen has a history of barring Republican politicians from using his music.
“Born in the U.S.A” — Another Springsteen favorite, this one for Obama—just to make things perfectly clear.
“Who Let the Dogs Out” — Romney famously and awkwardly recited the chorus of this Baja Men song while posing with young African-Americans in 2008. He could reclaim the song this election cycle by using it as a dig at the Blue Dog Democrats, like Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., who have announced they are staying away from Obama’s nominating convention. Romney would just have to hope the song doesn’t remind voters of his Irish setter Seamus, trapped in that kennel atop the Romney family car.
“It Ain’t Easy Being Green” — The Green Party alienated much of its core constituency in 2000 when its nominee, Ralph Nader, helped hand the presidency to George W. Bush. Since then, the party has been even more marginal. Its 2012 nominee, Jill Stein, might not win any votes with this Kermit the Frog standard, but maybe she could win some sympathy.
“Call Me Maybe” – Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., landed himself in hot water by telling CNN that the Obama administration regularly seeks his cooperation in pushing its legislation, when he said: “The president had called me, and vice president calls me, and Secretary [of State Hillary Rodham] Clinton calls asking for my vote all the time,” when the records of his office contradict that claim. If only a shout-out from Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez could do for Brown’s campaign what it did for this previously obscure Carly Rae Jepsen tune.
“If I Were a Rich Man” — When Republican George Allen discovered his Jewish heritage during his failed 2006 Senate reelection campaign in Virginia, he was unimpressed, telling a reporter that he continued to eat ham sandwiches. It’s time for Allen—now trying to regain his old seat—to switch course and embrace his Semitic roots by adopting a song from "Fiddler On the Roof," the Tony Award-winning 1964 musical that has become a staple of American Jewish pop culture. If Allen were a rich man, it wouldn’t matter that Democratic opponent Tim Kaine had raised $10.4 million to his $8 million this election cycle.
“Money, Money, Money” — We suggest this for any candidate, really. With the Romney and Obama campaigns each expected to raise upward of a billion dollars, and Citizens United unleashing a flood of untraceable cash into the political process, it really is, as Abba sings, “a rich man’s world.”
“Don’t Speak” -- Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas doesn’t have to run for anything, but if he did, this No Doubt song could do the talking for him. He famously hasn’t spoken during oral arguments before the Court since 2006. Any of the six male Supreme Court justices could also appropriate Johnny Cash’s “Man in Black” as a personal theme song.
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