From The Dept. Of Huh: Hillary's 'American Girl'

Before Hillary Clinton's speech in Denver last night, there was a video celebrating her achievements. And it included a bunch of songs, including Tom Petty's classic "American Girl."

Looks like somebody didn't read my colleague Paul Farhi's excellent story earlier this year, in which he noted that political campaigners weren't listening closely to all of the songs they're playing on the trail. Because if they were, they'd notice a serious disconnect between the messages in the music and the messages of the campaigns.

Wrote Paul: "'American Girl' is about an American girl, all right. But it's not about her patriotism. It's about the shattering of her romantic dreams: 'And for one desperate moment there/He crept back in her memory/God, it's so painful/Something that's so close/And still so far out of reach.'"


Also played in that video, by the way: The 1993 Lenny Kravitz hit "Are You Gonna Go My Way." Curious choice for an also-ran.

You'd think former Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson, at least, would know better. After all, he's an avowed music geek who is now opining about pop and politics at, an intriguing new entry in the blogosphere.

By J. Freedom du Lac |  August 27, 2008; 8:50 AM ET Politics
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99% of all people just know the chorus to these type of songs. So it fits here just like MIA's Paper Planes' chorus would fit in nicely at the Republican Convention.

Posted by: Adams Morgan | August 27, 2008 12:25 PM

"just like MIA's Paper Planes' chorus would fit in nicely at the Republican Convention."

oh snap!!

that's almost as good as the time Obama campaign's played "99 Problems" during the primary...

Posted by: Anonymous | August 27, 2008 2:01 PM

What SHOULD Hillary's theme song be?

I vote for "Stand By Your Man" - an obvious choice, but appropriate ever since the Clinton-Wynette dust-up in '92.

Posted by: SSMD | August 27, 2008 4:13 PM

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