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Hillary Clinton: Can’t Stop Thinking About . . . Yesterday?

Every time I hear Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow, I’m whipped back to 1992 and the thrill of getting a President that cared about my America. I’m not a big Fleetwood Mac fan (more a Stevie Nicks boy), and even though Bill Clinton might have been the biggest political disappointment of my life (thus far), hearing that song always pulls at something idealistic deep in me. So, from that, I’ve decided that campaign themes can be important.

And now it seems that Hillary Clinton, like every other decision she makes, is testing the waters to see what the public wants for a campaign theme. Go ahead, vote. These are my thoughts on the choices:

  • City of Blinding Lights – U2. Just a bad choice. I think campaign songs need to be an anthem, for the most part. This is not something that moves people.
  • Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall. OMFG. LOL. Did someone really suggest the theme for the Devil Wears Prada as a campaign song? Fire him/her. Right now. (The Blacknell.net headquarters peanut gallery announced that they’ll vote for this song (sample lyrics: “you can see she’s a beautiful girl, she’s a beautiful girl”) the moment the Republican nominee starts using the John Denver song (sample lyrics: “thank god I’m a country boy.”)
  • I’m a Believer – Smash Mouth. Eh. It’s serviceable. But why not the Monkees version?
  • Get Ready – The Temptations. Not the best of the catalogue. Not the worst. Much like the candidate, I suppose.
  • Ready to Run – Dixie Chicks. If you’re going to pick a Dixie Chicks song, pick Not Ready to Make Nice. Otherwise, drop it.
  • Rock This Country! – Shania Twain. Okay, the music and lyrics seem a decent choice. But really, does Shania Twain *really* say Hillary Clinton to you? No. Unless it’s “That Don’t Impress Me Much.”
  • Beautiful Day – U2. I have to abstain from voting on this one. This song, for me, is indelibly associated with walking through Lafayette Park (in front of the White House ) the morning of 9/11/01. For me, there are absolutely no good associations with this song.
  • Right Here, Right Now – Jesus Jones. They called. It wants to know why those 1970s washups Fleetwood Mac got your husband’s theme, instead of these 1991 stars.
  • I’ll Take You There – The Staple Singers. Love this song. But it is so overplayed. Next.

So, that’s my take. Go vote.

Update: The Lede (at the NYTimes) offers up an alternate:

“Ain’t No Hollaback Girl” found here though a showdown at the bleachers is a pretty apt fight song —

“Both of us want to be the winner, but there can only be one
So I’m gonna fight, gonna give it my all
Gonna make you fall, gonna sock it to you
That’s right I’m the last one standing, another one bites the dust.”

I can’t really find any serious alternatives. I keep thinking – Cake’s “Short skirt, long jacket” or Tatu’s “All the Things She Said” (sample lyrics: “All the things she said, running through my head . . . this is not enough!”).


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  1. So I gather you voted “none of the above” ;)

    I agree on the Dixie Chicks choice. Wonder why that wasn’t included?

  2. MB

    I would have voted for Sanjaya over HRC.

    I hope that doesn’t surprise anyone reading this.


    “Not Ready to Make Nice” wasn’t included for the same reason that she didn’t vote against Bush’s adventure in Iraq, the 2001/2005 bankruptcy bills, and the death penalty. She simply can’t bring herself to stand up for anything that matters.

  3. Peej

    Your suggestion of Tatu’s “All The Things She Said” is priceless. I thought I was the only one who knew the lyrics to that song!
    Unless some one appropriates a Queen song (perish the thought!), I am ambivalent about campaign theme songs.
    P.S. Isn’t it called Don’t Stop [Thinking About Tomorrow]? Or was that just a deliberate, cynical slip?

  4. selila

    that you know who sanjaya is does in fact, surprise me.

    i like the short skirt song, but i like other cake songs better.

    like open book. or nugget.

    but then i have always been subtle and demure.

  5. Oh god, they’re all so bad. “I’m a Believer” is the only one that makes a shred of sense and it’s strongly associated with the Shreck soundtrack. Just ain’t right. The Monkees version has more legs but 60’s nostalgia isn’t strong right now.

  6. MB

    You’re quite right, Peej. I’m quite happy to take (undeserved?) credit for cynicism, though.


    But now I think I have a good 08 election theme –

    “That’s great, it starts with an earthquake . . .”

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