Saturday, September 06, 2008

The McCain-Palin Anthem

The Republican base has been quick to embrace their new celebrity candidate, Sarah Palin. They love the confident and combatative hockey-mom whose feistiness on the basketball court earned her the high school nickname of “Sarah Barracuda.” As conservatives are quick (and right) to point out, it’s still an apt nickname.

So along with infusing new energy into the McCain campaign, their pit-bull with lipstick had apparently done something equally as important -- she had provided an opportunity for the campaign to embrace a new anthem. On the way to the White House, they would henceforth march to the sweet sounds of Heart’s "Barracuda." It was perfect -- a classic power ballad performed by rock’s beloved Wilson sisters, who just happen to be from the Pacific Northwest. The delegates at the Republican convention LOVED it. Dance moves not seen since the early 80s were dusted off in a spontaneous celebration of everything the party of George W. Bush holds dear. It was a sight to behold.

But just as things appeared too good to be true, they were. Out of nowhere, a cold splash of water was thrown in their the Wilson sisters.
"Sarah Palin's views and values in NO WAY represent us as American women. We ask that our song 'Barracuda' no longer be used to promote her image. The song 'Barracuda' was written in the late 70s as a scathing rant against the soulless, corporate nature of the music business, particularly for women. (The 'barracuda' represented the business.)”
And then the dagger…

“While Heart did not and would not authorize the use of their song at the RNC, there's irony in Republican strategists' choice to make use of it there."

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