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Billy Joel's Campaign Soundtrack

Billy Joel was not in a Washington state of mind.

The singer had come to the National Press Club yesterday for what was billed as a luncheon talk about "celebrity endorsements of political candidates." But the Piano Man didn't want to talk politics. "I was wondering why you guys wanted me here," he said. "I'm not going to get up on a soapbox here. I am a piano player."

Nobody complained when the musician instead played for the crowd a few snippets of "We Didn't Start the Fire," "Baby Grand," even some Gilbert and Sullivan. And for listeners of a certain age, there probably was no need for Joel to talk politics: His lyrics are a veritable soundtrack for Campaign '08.

Washington awoke Thursday to the happy discovery that there were just 12 days left in what has been the longest presidential campaign in history. The two-year election cycle has cost a cool $5.3 billion, the Center for Responsive Politics estimates.

Oh, oh, oh, oh, for the longest time.

Oh, oh, oh, for the longest time.

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-- Dana Milbank

By Dana Milbank  | October 24, 2008; 10:52 AM ET
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