Now there’s no way I can vote for Hillary, because I’ve seen THIS

Kathryn brings this to my attention, and I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive her for it.

She got it from Jezebel, which said:

(T)his music video trumpeting Hillary Clinton for 2016 might be the worst piece of political persuasion I’ve ever seen….

No, seriously, whatever badness you’re expecting, quadruple it and you might come close to the reality of this dreck. Somebody please tell me this is a massive prank. Or a deep-cover GOP stunt. Funny or Die. Hell, Jimmy Kimmel. ANYTHING….

Forget the awful ad that Jenny Sanford did for Ginny Deerin. That was a masterpiece of tasteful concept and flawless execution compared to this.

You know, I had been thinking that, assuming the Republicans don’t come up with someone I like better, I could probably vote for Hillary Clinton. I’ve really liked the way she’s positioned herself on the current president’s wishful foreign policy.

But now — no, I don’t think I’m going to be able to put this one completely out of my mind. No one remotely associated with this abomination can be trusted with the nuclear football.

The only thing I can say in her defense is that it was the work of some group called “Stand With Hillary,” and maybe the candidate had nothing to do with it.

Oh, I hope she didn’t…

38 thoughts on “Now there’s no way I can vote for Hillary, because I’ve seen THIS

  1. Kathryn Fenner

    I believe it’s from a PAC, which isn’t supposed to be taking orders from the candidate. I hope.
    I love how they subtitle the key words that the singer slurs right through. In case we missed them.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Complete with dropped Gs.

      The moment I KNEW how horrible this would be was when I saw “LEARNIN’ HINDSIGHT’S ALWAYS RIGHT.”

      That makes it five times as bad as just HEARIN’ it…

      And what on Earth does that mean? Are they saying Obama should not have been elected? THERE’S a good way to get the party to line up behind her. Not.

      Listen, Hillary fans — the right Democrat won the nomination in 2008. Accept that if your candidate has a shot this time, it’s because 2016 is her turn. 2008 was not. She didn’t get robbed or cheated — Obama was the better candidate…

    2. Ralph Hightower

      Yes, the disclaimer said that it was sponsored by a Hillary PAC that was not authorized by any candidate.
      But country music doesn’t do it for me. Plus the singer runs out of gas in his pickup truck and is rescued by a woman on a motorcycle. What? Unless your gas gauge is broken, you don’t know that you’re low on gas?

  2. Barry

    I honestly watched half of that video laughing my head off thinking this was a parody video.

    That is amazingly terrible- and please- please tell me it’s really a joke.

  3. bud

    Not as bad as Christine O’Donnell’s “I’m not a witch ad” or the pig castrator ad for the lady senate candidate in Iowa (and she won). Come to think of it the those sappy “morning in America” ads were worse. But perhaps the worst of all was the Daisy ad.

    1. Juan Caruso

      Nor nearly as thoughtful as Al Franken’s campaign effort for his senate seat.. But both must be aimed at t voters suffering from phronemophobia spectrum diseases.

  4. Norm Ivey

    Wow. That was painful to watch. Hard to believe it’s not a parody. Was nobody involved able to see how this would play? Nobody?

    Found an article that talks about the guy behind the video. It’s supposed to be targeting men, a demographic that Hillary needs to appeal to.

    “Chavez told Fusion he and Orozco wanted to create a group that could promote Clinton to working-class people, young people, and Latinos. The group kicked off with a country ballad to appeal to men, who he says, like him, should be inspired by Clinton.”

  5. M.Prince

    “Not endorsed by any candidate or candidate’s committee” — says so right at the bottom of the video. Guess that pretty much puts this impending controversy to rest.

    As for the performance, probably the last thing we need is yet another scruffy-looking, cookie-cutter, pretty-boy country singer. But I’d say he’s a smidgeon better than Lee “God Bless the USA” Greenberg.

    1. Bryan Caskey

      There’s no controversy, I think there’s universal agreement that it’s a horribly done video.

      The subtext of this video is: “So listen you Southern men and White Working Class voters, this should appeal to you, now vote for Hillary, You Morons.

      Hey, we wrote a song and used stereotypical imagery associated with you! Vote for us! That’s how stupid they think the voters are.

    2. Barry

      Terrible comparison M. Prince – almost as bad at the Stand with Hillary video itself.

      Lee Greenwood’s song was terrific – and a huge national hit for years. Lee is also an actual county singer with other hits to his credit.

      Elementary school kids today still sing that song in events at school. I doubt the Stand With Hillary song is popular with anyone.

      1. M. Prince

        I’m not about to break a lance in defense of the SWH song. But my original comment had to do with the quality of the two tunes. At least SWH was real Country music — in contrast with Greenwood’s syrupy country-pop. Actually more pop than country. I just tried listening to the latter again (for the first time in, well, nearly 30 years) but couldn’t make it through. Made my flesh crawl.

        1. Bryan Caskey

          /read the comment above and does the confused doggy head tilt

          Wait, what?

          Are we talking about the same song? The Lee Greenwood song “God Bless the USA“? The song that made it to #7 on the Billboard country music chart in 1984 and then again to #16 in 2001? That song? That song “made your flesh crawl”? Like in a bad way?

          I’ll grant you, it’s not Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and I’m not a member of the Lee Greenwood fan club, but I think you’re way outside the mainstream here. It’s a fairly unobjectionable and patriotic song.

          As for the Hillary country song, I mean come on.

          /gestures at the steaming pile of cheese whiz comprising the Hillary song

          It’s a political jingle, composed for the purpose of attempting to con southern men to go vote for Hillary, and it fails miserably at even that callow purpose. It’s a crass political ad, set to music in a stunningly condescending way that makes me think that it was somehow engineered as a false flag operation by Karl Rove.

          But I guess everyone is entitled to their own musical tastes. Me for instance, I’m partial to Barry Jive and the Uptown Five.

          Have a good weekend, friends in a box.

          1. Brad Warthen Post author

            You mean, Sonic Death Monkey?

            I wouldn’t say the Lee Greenwood thing makes my flesh crawl, but if it comes on on a radio or TV and I have access to the channel-changer, it will quickly be changed.

            I’m really glad it hadn’t been written when I was a kid. I used to sing patriotic songs in school, and did so with great gusto: the National Anthem, God Bless America, the American version of God Save the Queen, Yankee Doodle, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, and so forth.

            I think that even as immature as my tastes were then, I would have failed to connect the same way with the Greenwood song. I just really find it decidedly unappealing. It’s like a spoof of a patriotic song, instead of the real thing.

            If you’re not put off by it, it’s hard to explain why I am…

            1. M.Prince

              I’m with you, Brad.

              “America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw,
              Confirm thy soul in self-control,
              Thy liberty in law!”

              Now THAT’s a lyric. Makes Greenwood’s number sound like a Romper Room tune by comparison!

  6. M.Prince

    And the bigger issue is:
    Maybe we shouldn’t be picking or rejecting candidates based on 3-minute videos — certainly not music videos.

    Then again, politics has largely become just another kind of entertainment commodity, so maybe this is just part of a greater whole.

    Plus, as this article points out:

    objective information about politics is getting harder to come by — at least on the local and state levels.

    1. Juan Caruso

      Good one, Bryan! — The mere thought of such a misstep is as humorous as it may be unlikely.

      Personally, i dread seeing a clueless campaign photo of Jeb posed between his two namesakes. Jeb is no more a serious contender for the office than the perpetually returning Rick Santorum has been.

      If he runs, it would be merely to occupy space and make newer challengers appear more trivial and superficial.

  7. Bart

    O.K., lunch is now out of the question until my stomach settles down. As for the reference to Lee Greenwood, his song was not about a candidate, it was about America and it still has a broad appeal. This insipid piece of crap appeals to……..wait a minute, trying to come up with anyone I know who would like it.

    Now remember all ya’ll Southern boys with beer soaked brains, ya’ll jest run out and vote for Hillary cause we done sang a song ’bout her.

  8. Bryan Caskey

    My Top 5 Patriotic Songs in no particular order (I’m excluding the National Anthem, under the Hi-Fidelity “too obvious” rule:

    1. “Stars and Stripes Forever”
    2. “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”
    3. “America the Beautiful” (especially the one by Ray Charles)
    4. “Ballad of the Green Berets”
    5. “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” (the Navy Hymn)

    “The 1812 Overture” is an honorable mention, because I love hearing that during 4th of July during Fireworks. Yes, I am aware it’s about Russia defeating Napoleon. (Or more accurately, the Russian winter defeating Napoleon.)

    Digressing…if I were Russian, I would never let a Frenchman forget that. If I saw a Frenchman on the street in Moscow in the winter, I would say “Hey, remember that time our weather whooped your butts? By the way, it’s gonna be cold tomorrow, make sure you bundle up!”

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Whoa, whoa, whoa! You’re listing the “Ballad of the Green Berets” above “Eternal Father, Strong to Save?” No way!

      And above “Anchors Aweigh” and the “Marine’s Hymn“? Ahead of “Semper Fidelis“? An outrage! We need to reconstitute the House Committee on UnAmerican Opinions!!!

      My first memories of knowing any songs at all, back when I was 3 or so, involve “Anchors Aweigh,” the “Marine’s Hymn,” “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Hound Dog“… Now THAT’s an American list!…

      1. Brad Warthen Post author

        That’s my secular list, anyway. At about the same time, I learned “Jesus Loves Me” and “Jesus Loves the Little Children” in Sunday School…

      2. Brad Warthen Post author

        I thought “Anchors Aweigh” was pretty stirring when I was a little kid. But I never really HEARD it until I was a senior in high school. Shortly after we moved to Hawaii, my Dad’s ship left Pearl Harbor for a seven-month mission off the coast of Vietnam. As we dependents stood on the wharf to watch the ship get under way, the official fleet band struck up “Anchors Aweigh.” I don’t think I’ve ever experienced goose bumps like that, before or since…

        1. Bryan Caskey

          Similar experience with me and “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”. I had heard it in church a few times and thought it was “quite nice”. A few years ago, a friend of mine married a graduate of the Naval Academy, and their wedding was in the US Naval Academy Chapel. Hearing it played there – wow. The combination of the setting and the music are very powerful.

          It’s now one of my favorite hymns.

  9. Kathryn Fenner

    1. America, the Beautiful (Carmen Dragon arrangement for winds, with trumpet fanfare at end.)
    2. This Land Is Your Land
    3. The Star-Spangled Banner (fun to sing, if you can, and always chokes me up when I hear it overseas)
    4. My Country T’is of Thee (Charles Ives version)
    5. Deutschland, Deutschland….[slaps hand down]

        1. Bryan Caskey

          The polls have just closed, but we can now project that “La Marseillaise” has beaten out a front-running German patriotic song in the WWII primary election. Late votes reporting in from the precinct of Rick’s put the French anthem on top.

          Local authorities suspect foul play, and they have rounded up the usual suspects.

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