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Thursday, May 25, 2006

What's on your iPod, Senator?

Here's an interesting story about how politicians like Hilary Clinton pretend to be like regular people by sharing what's on their iPods. Hilary's list, in particular, seems calculated to appeal to as many voters as possible.

Hillary Clinton is the least spontaneous of politicians, and this playlist suggests premeditation, if not actual poll-testing. She first indicates that she basically likes everything before coming to roost on classic rock and soul, which any baby boomer must identify with, lest she or he be branded terminally uncool. Hillary avoids, however, anything too racy, druggie, or aggressive, while naming tunes that are empowering and inspirational. On the world-is-divided-into-two-kinds-of-people question "the Beatles or the Stones," she, like her husband, finds a middle path: both. She names no Stones songs and chooses a consensus, universally liked, neither-early-nor-late Beatles tune, "Hey Jude." Hillary also manages a shout-out to racial diversity and feminism via Aretha Franklin, and she strikes a younger, socially conscious chord with U2. "Take It to the Limit," on the other hand, is such a lame, black-hole-of-the-1970s choice that it can't be taken for anything other than an expression of actual taste.

I'm not sure how Hilary feels about the war or immigration. But a pro-Eagles policy will make it hard for me to vote for her.


Anonymous gavin said...

What a sad day... I like Bush's mix better than Hillary's...

1:48 PM  
Blogger mark said...

despite this recent evidence, i will likely still vote for her.

2:16 AM  

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