So this year, the day of the primary, a news story started to circulate about the musician John Cougar Mellencamp and a disagreement with John McCain. It stemmed from McCain’s camp using a few of the Cougar’s hits during his stump speeches. Mellencamp is a Democrat, an Edwards supporter, and as we all know when it comes to wealthy Democrats – free expression is only free FOR THEM. For anyone else? Pay up.
Such was the case when Chrissie Hynde, the singer of the Pretenders found out that vast Right Wing Conspirator Rush Limbaugh was using the track “My City Was Gone” as his intro theme for 10 years. A few negotiations later, the intro song was back and Hynde had a half million dollar check from Limbaugh – per year.
Even Sean Hannity has run into this situation as for years he used “The Heart of The Matter” by Don Henley as his intro music. Henley found out, complained, and Hannity subsequently stopped using it.
At least Andrew Wilkow plays bumper music that nobody would listen to for free, let alone for royalties. I’m a little annoyed by that guy, but that’s a topic for another post.
This whole thing brings me to one of two possible conclusions…
The first is based in the fact that John McCain is not a Conservative, but a closet Socialist in an Elephant suit. Real Conservatives know this – that’s why most of us supported Ron Paul, but I digress. What better way to make McCain look like the real big media definition of a conservative than to have some elitist hypocrite attack him who hasn’t recorded anything of value since he purchased his first answering machine in 1982.
My second possible conclusion is that Mellencamp wants money. For a Liberal supporter of John Edwards to complain about McCain – but happily sign every check he gets from Chevrolet when his song is used to advertise pickup trucks with gas mileage ratings equivalent to the IQ of the average Mellencamp fan – reeks of hypocrisy.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Chevrolet. I drive a Chevy pickup. Mellencamp is a sell out, an opportunist, and a hypocrite. McCain isn’t worth even a dimpled chad, he’s nothing more than Hillary Clinton with natural hair color and descended testicles. This is just another case of wealthy people trying to manipulate the public for their own benefit.