DO Stop Believing
June 19, 2007 12:47 PM   Subscribe

Campaignfilter: Did Hillary Clinton get whacked? What was Phil Leotardo doing there anyway? Vast Right Wing Conspiracy? I heard that if you watch closely, you'll see that cousins of Rove that appeared during Bill's era are actually in one of the booths. Hillary's questionable vehicle for announcing her even more questionable choice in a campaign song hits the Internets.
posted by Muddler (52 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: this is not at all right for here. -- jessamyn



 
um...what?
posted by es_de_bah at 12:53 PM on June 19, 2007


Is this an attempt to be eponysterical?
posted by klangklangston at 12:55 PM on June 19, 2007


This is pretty incoherent. Are you saying that right wingers decided to sabotage Hillary's campaign theme vote?
posted by delmoi at 12:55 PM on June 19, 2007


Don't Stop Believin'. Let's remember the good times, okay?
posted by miss lynnster at 12:56 PM on June 19, 2007


There's a video on Clinton's website that is like the last scene from the Sopranos. Clinton picked her campaign song, 'You and I' by Celine Dion. That's it.
posted by puke & cry at 12:59 PM on June 19, 2007


Because nothing says "let's make America great" like a sone by a pretentious, marginally talented French Canadian.
posted by hifiparasol at 1:03 PM on June 19, 2007


Dammit, song.
posted by hifiparasol at 1:03 PM on June 19, 2007


Way to obscure a rather inspired spoof.
posted by dhammond at 1:10 PM on June 19, 2007


Oh, and that wasn't Phil Leotardo. It was Johnny Sack.

And where the hell was Chelsea? My guess is she's voting for Gravel.
posted by hifiparasol at 1:10 PM on June 19, 2007


Not to say this is a great post, but that video is pretty awesome. They got the boyscouts and black dudes and everything.
posted by Espy Gillespie at 1:13 PM on June 19, 2007


Chelsea was parallel parking!
posted by bluesky43 at 1:13 PM on June 19, 2007


p&c summed it up well

In the video, Bill says "All of America's waiting to find out". Really? Is that what's on our collective conscience about the upcoming election?

I would think "picking a campaign song", on the list of "things we care about" vis-a-vis Hillary Clinton running for president, is probably right below "which broach she'll be wearing at the Democratic National Convention, if she wears a broach at all"

Now if she'd just make a clever video to explain her 180-flip on what was formerly a pretty damn good plan for U.S. healthcare and has now become "look, everyone, I'm a whore for BigPharma too!"

Do stop believin' indeed.
posted by revmitcz at 1:14 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


This was a very bad idea.

The unprincipled "Sociopath" label will now be firmly affixed and it's meme will be spread by the mouth breathers. The Hannity clones will see this "Hillary as Tony Soprano" as a tacit admission of all their fears.
posted by tkchrist at 1:20 PM on June 19, 2007


Huh? This the most incoherent and pointless post in a while.
posted by agregoli at 1:21 PM on June 19, 2007


Me no talk good me so confused.
posted by agregoli at 1:21 PM on June 19, 2007


I view this entire thing as a missed opportunity. There is still a huge amount of time before the election, she should have gone with something funny or ironic to spur her base.

This early on, she isn't going to be converting too many people, she is just reminding them that she is in the race, same as all the other candidates.

Were her team smart, they would have gone with something that would have made people go "crap, I can't believe she had the guts to do that!" Kind of a 'fuck off' to her detractors and a nod to her fans.

I probably would have gone with Elton John's "The Bitch Is Back"
posted by quin at 1:21 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


A case study in the problems with Clinton-style triangulation:

The clever Sopranos parody with potentially ugly connotations for the candidate (i.e. equating herself with a murderous Mafioso waiting for an overdue whack) suggests a personable, self-effacing directness that might make a certain skeptical wedge of the electorate reconsider her merits. The choice of song, on the other hand, delights only the type of people who mistake her working-class Quebecois wheeze for Parisian elegance and have always found Journey a little too raucous for their liking. The National Review editorial board blows the dust off its collection of Kerry-speaks-French digs. The Sopranos crowd, meanwhile, returns to its Al Gore write-in campaign. America loses.
posted by gompa at 1:22 PM on June 19, 2007 [2 favorites]


As jessamyn says, USE YOUR WORDS.
posted by GuyZero at 1:24 PM on June 19, 2007


If I actually cared about campaign songs, this would've made me not vote for her.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:25 PM on June 19, 2007


I was referring, of course to Celine's Quebecois wheeze . . .

I h'am for me vehh-ree h'ashame'.

*'ang his 'ead wit' duh himbarassmen'*

posted by gompa at 1:25 PM on June 19, 2007


OK, I'm in the camp that believes in David Chase's genius and attention to detail in the final scene - even the songs that Tony skipped over while waiting for his family had hidden significance. But David can't hold a candle to whoever put together this parody video. Here's a partial list of songs that Hillary glanced at as Bill came in and sat down:

-Hold Your High
-Bless the Beast and the Child

-I Can't Convince My Heart
-Without You
-Don't Look Back
-I've Found Someone of My Own
-Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

-Can't Stand Losing You
-Your [sic] Still the One

It's the whole arc of their marriage, right there in her newest campaign video. I still can't see voting for someone who picks a Celine Dion campaign song, but this is brilliant.
posted by ericbop at 1:26 PM on June 19, 2007


I thought it was a pretty great parody. I see the "All of America's waiting to find out" as sarcastic, or referring to the original. I could care less about the song, though.
posted by graventy at 1:27 PM on June 19, 2007


At least it isn't 'Rock the Casbah'
posted by Flashman at 1:28 PM on June 19, 2007


Oooohhhhhh. Ok, now I get it. At first I was just going along, not actually having any clue what this post was really talking about at all.

That said, Celine Dion's music bites the big cannoli so I can't vote for Hillary now. Oh well.

posted by miss lynnster at 1:29 PM on June 19, 2007


Hahah, I hadn't seen the sopranos parody video. That's actually pretty funny.
posted by delmoi at 1:32 PM on June 19, 2007


A candidate for President of the United States of America picked the vocal stylings of a mediocre French Canadian to represent her campaign? How was this not vetted?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 1:33 PM on June 19, 2007


How the hell do you pick Celine Dion over Journey?
posted by dhammond at 1:33 PM on June 19, 2007


How was this not vetted?

There was a public vote, but, I'm not sure why they even put that one on.
posted by delmoi at 1:34 PM on June 19, 2007


I probably would have gone with Elton John's "The Bitch Is Back"

Nah. "Queen Bitch" By Bowie.
posted by tkchrist at 1:38 PM on June 19, 2007 [2 favorites]


a mediocre French Canadian

Mediocre? Wow. You're feeling charitable.
posted by tkchrist at 1:39 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


You say La Raza I say La Raza
You say baloney I say Balona
La Raza Baloney La Raza Balonga
Let' call the whole thing Rocks.
posted by doctorschlock at 1:40 PM on June 19, 2007


Mark down June 19 as the day the Clinton campaign officially jumped the shark.

Honestly, what were they thinking?
posted by SteveInMaine at 1:41 PM on June 19, 2007


Sorry, sorry - yes, it was Sack. That's the entirety of my apologies.

Obsure an inspire spoof? Confusion? What planet have people been on if they're not familiar enough with the Sopranos ending to understand this post - especially with a link back to the a discussion ABOUT the Sopranos ending? If you don't get it, as I'm sure a great many of us just don't give a damn or don't get about half of the posts on MeFi, then don't bother with the post or with commenting.

This is metafilter, and posting something like this saying, "Hey, here's a Hillary Clinton Spoof of the Sopranos ending" is about as poor a way to make Mefi interesting as you can get. Granted, if you don't like this post, that's fine, but spelling it all out for you is not going to make it any more interesting to you.
posted by Muddler at 1:46 PM on June 19, 2007


At least she didn't actually jump the shark.

Look's like he's about to jump one, too.

On preview:

Metafilter: Obscure an inspire spoof?
posted by ericbop at 1:53 PM on June 19, 2007


Going Through Your Purse by the Mentors'd be significantly more appropriate.
posted by davelog at 1:55 PM on June 19, 2007


...Shot at a Mt. Kisco diner, the Clinton video traces the finale and the show so overtly that the character everyone knows as Johnny Sack, played by the actor Vincent Curatola, makes a cameo appearance to the double-eyebrow raising of the couple.

It’s a great spoof off the ending of the HBO series -
...
this video, by far, represents the best campaign spot we’ve seen this season - yes it is still early. ...


Except a Celine Dion song won??? ewwwwww
posted by amberglow at 1:55 PM on June 19, 2007


Bill sullenly chomping on carrot slivers-- adorable.
posted by oflinkey at 2:00 PM on June 19, 2007


I thought those were sweet potato fries. Proof of the power of suggestion (that Clinton wouldn't touch anything that wasn't deep-fried).
posted by ericbop at 2:02 PM on June 19, 2007


I'm far from a fan of hers, but I don't think Celine Dion is an outrageous choice for a campaign song. It's pure saccharine, but 'My Heart Will Go On' is a good song perfectly suited to that context, and I can also imagine her singing an appropriately 'uplifting' campaign song, such as things are.
Also, I don't believe Celine Dion is "working-class quebecoise." Since she won Eurovision for Belgium I'm not sure she's strictly-speaking 'quebecoise' for one thing, and she doesn't speak joual.
And, and, and, you guys wouldn't vote for her simply because of your distaste for a tacky Vegas diva?! After all that we've been through? Tabarnac.
posted by Flashman at 2:07 PM on June 19, 2007


Sorry, sorry - yes, it was Sack. That's the entirety of my apologies.

Muddler indeed.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:08 PM on June 19, 2007


I don't think Celine Dion is an outrageous choice for a campaign song.

Not any more outrageous than Phil Collins. But still annoying as all hell.

Thank god the music played a few riffs of acoustic guitar and then crashed. I wouldn't have guessed Celine, but that's what the Web site says.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:10 PM on June 19, 2007


I'm going to use "My money's on Smashmouth" as my answer to everything.

Hunter, oh Hunter, where are you now that we really need you?
posted by docgonzo at 2:15 PM on June 19, 2007


It needs to be pointed out that this song was initially written for a failed marketing campaign by Air Canada, our nation's hated airline, and sung by the ugliest boy in pop music for that campaign.

My money's on Smashmouth.
posted by docgonzo at 2:20 PM on June 19, 2007


GOLD
posted by docgonzo at 2:22 PM on June 19, 2007


Obscure an inspire spoof?

No, what I meant was that the spoof is really the only interesting part of the post, but it's rather easy to miss, as Delmoi pointed out.
posted by dhammond at 2:41 PM on June 19, 2007


GOLD

Oh my. Simon Cowell would be cowering if he saw that on American Idol.
posted by ericb at 2:41 PM on June 19, 2007


Smashmouth? Wasn't that Monica Lewinsky's Secret Service name?

*ducks*
posted by phaedon at 2:43 PM on June 19, 2007 [1 favorite]


Well, all I'm going to say is that this sure is better than Chris Dodd's new YouTube campaign entitled, and I'm not making this up... "Why Not Dodd"
posted by willie11 at 2:44 PM on June 19, 2007


tkchrist : Nah. "Queen Bitch" By Bowie.

Brilliant.

posted by quin at 2:47 PM on June 19, 2007


Metafilter: spelling it all out for you is not going to make it any more interesting to you.
posted by emelenjr at 2:50 PM on June 19, 2007


I think the video's great. Bummer about the song choice.

I probably would have gone with Elton John's 'The Bitch Is Back'
Me too!

posted by kirkaracha at 2:59 PM on June 19, 2007


I for one hate it when an FPP clearly describes the contents of it's links.
posted by Artw at 3:10 PM on June 19, 2007


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