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Do Candidates Really Need a Theme Song?

June 26, 2007

Originally Published on, 6/26/2007 4:23:02 PM

Apparently they do, and it didn’t start with Bill Clinton, whom the Reasonable Reporter is just beginning to forgive for his appropriation of Fleetwood Mac in 1992. FDR’s theme song was “Happy Days Are Here Again,” according to one pop music expert.


Hillary Clinton occupied considerable news consciousness last week with her announcement of “You and I” by Celine Dion as the official theme song of the Hillary Campaign.


Several experts in the field of precision music selection agree Celine Dion is perfect for the job. She’s upbeat, family-friendly, and has no negative headlines associated with her. (These experts – all radio programming executives — have forgotten that Court TV and the entertainment press gave copious coverage several years back to claims that Dion’s husband had sexually assaulted a woman in a Las Vegas hotel. Hubby was ultimately cleared, and the claimant was charged with extortion.)


It’s interesting to note that the radio format known as AC, or Adult Contemporary, has heated up, ditching artists like Dion in favor of younger and skankier singers. Celine is too soft for AC and too young for Oldies, the experts say. While she has clear appeal to women 35 and older, she’s not receiving significant airplay on any radio format. No longer popular, but perfect for Hillary?


America’s really not that hip, says Chuck Taylor of Radio and Records Magazine.



Who Loves John Edwards? Part I


A thousand or so Democrats were looking for a presidential candidate to love this weekend at the Damonte Ranch High School auditorium. But John Edwards didn’t seem to wow them the way Obama and Hillary wowed them.


Even by his own account, the central theme of the Edwards campaign is not a political slam-dunk. Edwards told the assembled Nevada voters he’ll nonetheless continue to talk about the “two Americas.”


He doesn’t mean rich America and poor America. The “two Americas,” he said, are the very rich, and everyone else. 


As one of the very rich, Edwards has been repeatedly put on the defensive about his own lifestyle relative to the lives of the poor. Edwards came to life as he defended himself on this point, catching fire for the first time, 20 minutes into his 30 minute speech:


“Reporters ask me…’How can somebody with your resources talk about the poor?’ 

I don’t claim to be poor. But does that mean I can’t speak out for people who don’t have a voice? Does that mean I can’t stand up for the disabled, the disenfranchised, the poor? I’m here to tell you whenever you do that you’re going to get attacked. Every time you do it, you’re going to get attacked. 


“It’s always true in American history. Because people who have wealth and power, they do not want to hear this. They want this message to be squelched, and so they try to kill the messenger. Let me say this very directly, they are not going to kill this voice. As long as I’m alive, I’m going to stand up for people who need somebody to speak for them.”


Is poverty high on the list for Nevada Dems? The admittedly unscientific applause meter says they are more focused on the Iraq war, to which Edwards devoted 3 minutes, or ten percent of his prepared speech. His call to get out of Iraq drew a standing ovation. The far more detailed, more researched, and lengthier discussion of poverty received standard town-hall-meeting applause.



Who Loves John Edwards? Part II


Assemblyman David Bobzien, (D- Dist 24) and Assemblywoman Debbie Smith (D- Dist 30) were front-and-center for the Edwards appearance. Are they endorsing? No. Both said their presence should not be so interpreted. But they have been pitched – by Edwards and everyone else. The presidential campaigns never stop hounding Nevada politicians for support. 


“It’s relentless” said Smith. 


Bobzien and Smith said they were there to perform due diligence on the candidate. 


“Nevada’s elected officials owe these candidates the respect of showing up,” added Smith.


Bobzien disappeared for about 15 minutes behind the makeshift “backstage” curtain in the Damonte Ranch High School gym. When he returned, he took the stage and introduced the candidate.