Campaign Jingles -- Readers' Picks
Last week The Fix admitted to an obsession with campaign jingles (among other catchy tunes) and asked Fixistas to offer up their own favorite songs from the campaign trail.
Below you'll find a sampling of the best reader suggestions. Keep them coming. The comments section awaits.
* "The Ballad of Mark Warner": NO jingle was more mentioned than this one. Warner used it to show voters in southwestern Virginia that even though he was from northern Virginia he understood their needs, values and culture. It worked. Warner won the governorship in 2001 and is a heavy favorite to be the next senator from the Commonwealth later this year. (Best line: "Here comes Mark Warner/The hero of the hills.")
* "Vote Twice for Shelley": This one was part of an education effort to remind voters to cast a two ballots for congressional hopeful Shelley Sekula Gibbs (R-Texas). (Best line: Um, "Vote twice for Shelley"?)
* "I'm Feeling Good About America": President Gerald Ford used this little ditty in his 1976 campaign to signal a new page being turned after the tumult of Watergate. Jimmy Carter still won the election though. (Best line: "We're going back to work again/It's better than it used to be.")
* "Taking Care of Home": Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) used this song during his successful 2006 campaign. (Best line: "Vote For Hank Johnson For Congress/Cause he's just better than the rest.")
* Mike Sodrel: Sodrel, a fomer Indiana Republican congressman, is running in 2008 to get his old seat back from Rep. Baron Hill. Maybe he'll unleash this old campaign jingle to put him over the top. (Best line: "He's getting things done for us.")
* "I'm a Graham Cracker": No audio of this song exists (at least via a Google search), but any one covering politics in the 1980s remembers it as the signature tune of Bob Graham, who served as governor of the Sunshine State before going on to serve in the U.S. Senate. (Best line: "I'm a Florida cracker, I'm a Graham cracker.")
* "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too": This jingle was the primary tune for William Henry Harrison and John Tyler during the 1840 presidential campaign. Harrison won but died shortly after taking office. (That 40-day presidential stint earned him a spot in the Simpsons' genius "Mediocre Presidents" song.)
* "I Like Ike": Perhaps the most famous campaign jingle of all time, "I Like Ike" played a central role in electing the war hero to the first of his two terms as president in 1952. (Best line: "I like Ike" -- of course.)
* Birch Bayh Campaign Jingle: Seeking to teach people how to say his somewhat tough to pronounce name, Birch Bayh launched this jingle during his successful 1962 campaign. (Best line: "His first name is Birch/And his last name is Bayh.")
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