So, the Democratic National Committee met yesterday in Washington to discuss Very Important Stuff.
When this cycle's crop of presidential candidates spoke, they each got to choose which moldy old song would accompany their apperances.
I remember when Bill Clinton was running for president back in 1992, and his campaign theme song was "Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)," a 1977 hit for Fleetwood Mac. Not bad; the song was only 15 years old by then; the message was pretty positive. Still. Eww. Icky pseudo-grooviness.
Barbara Boxer ran for the Senate the same year, and came up with a much hipper tune: Jesus Jones' "Right Here, Right Now," which was only a year old then. Good message (sample: "watching the world wake up from history" — it was "The Year of the Woman," after all), and irresistably less mainstream than the frumpy songs all the other folks were using. Of course, we all suspected that Boxer's daughter Nicole, then in her early 20s, might have suggested the musical choice for her mom. Fine. Oh, and romantic footnote: Nicole went on to marry Bill Clinton's brother-in-law — right, that would be Hillary's brother, Tony Rodham. Whatever. The marriage didn't last.
Fast forward to 2007, and the uber-cool (ow, crap, I just stuck my tongue right through my cheek; no, seriously, I'm bleeding) Hillary Clinton has pressed her jukebox buttons for her DNC appearance. And the winner was (envelope, please) "Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones.
Jesus. Gimmeabreak. You can't tell me she doesn't know Boxer already used that one as a campaign song. Sure, it doesn't matter at all in the greater scheme of things (I mean, how many politicos stride onto the platform to the tune of "Happy Days Are Here Again," for instance), but it's just a creepy sign of things to come.
Maybe things could be worse. John Edwards appeared to the jingle from a car ad, "Our Country" by John Mellencamp.
Maybe things could be better! Barack Obama decided not to use music at all, to stress his no-foolin' attitude.
Alas, things could be worstest. I must add that Hillary Clinton chose two songs for her appearance yesterday. The other one was "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974), and b-b-b-baby, are you as horrified as I am?