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Reaction to Wes Clark, and Campaign Songs



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David Broder was not impressed with Wes Clark’s appearance at the DNC winter meeting, and he actually slams the Democrats as a party:

One of the losers in the weekend oratorical marathon was retired Gen. Wesley Clark, who repeatedly invoked the West Point motto of “Duty, Honor, Country,” forgetting that few in this particular audience have much experience with, or sympathy for, the military. The larger disaster was the long harangue of former Alaska senator Mike Gravel, a strident critic of almost everything and promoter of a folly — a national initiative process — that not even a deranged blogger could love. Someone has to give him the hook before the real debates begin.

To Clark’s credit, “Won’t Back Down” is a great campaign song. I would have gone with Tom Petty’s version instead of Johnny Cash’s, but hey, Tom Petty hasn’t had a biopic made of him recently.

Elsewhere on NRO, Todd Seavey is upset that Hillary Clinton is using “Right Here, Right Now,” by Jesus Jones, a song that has vaguely conservative, hooray-that-the-Cold-War-is-over-and-Communism-is-dead lyrics.

Obama did not pick a song for his DNC appearance. May I recommend Living Colour’s “Cult of Personality”?


Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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