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Monday, August 30, 2004

Shut Up And Sing?

It's funny to watch the Republican spin machine with one breath shout "Shut up and sing!" to left-leaning or Democratic people in music, and promote their own musicians when they have them. CNN further explains the politics of musicians here.

Now you probably shouldn't base your support for a political party based on the quantity, quality, or hipness of its celebrity spokespeople. But if you're going to...

For the Dems - Bruce Springsteen, R.E.M., Bonnie Raitt, the Dixie Chicks, the Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, David Byrne, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Patti LaBelle, Black Eyed Peas, Blink 182, Willie Nelson.

For the Repubs - Michael W. Smith, Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs. Most people in Christian music and country music. Possibly Britney Spears, if she meant what she was quoted as saying in "Farenheit 9/11."
But not, regardless of what U.S. News reported last Friday, Foghat.

I'm not sure whether Bush would get any points for Foghat, mind you.

Zillions of articles in National Review, Weekly Standard, and elsewhere about how conservatives are now cool on college campuses across the nation notwithstanding, the GOP are not and never will be the party of cool. I think it comes down to this: If there are only two (viable) political parties in a given society, the one that has a substantial and powerful faction that thinks outlawing oral sex is a good idea is not, and will never be, the "cool" party.

Besides, you know George W. Bush is That Guy. That Guy, who some of your friends is fun to go out with until trouble starts. You know That Guy, the one who talks tough, whose words cause a brawl, who is conveniently not around when the actual fighting takes place. Before you know it, you've got bad beer poured all over you, or perhaps a bloody nose or broken jaw. Now John Kerry is probably a bit of a bore, brings up Vietnam like he's Walter in "The Big Lebowski." But when a brawl starts, I think he's a guy who's got your back. And he's not That Guy.


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