If I poke fun at Hillary Clinton's campaign song, someone will immediately point to some fatuous song chosen by a GOP candidate and call me a hypocrite so let me get that part out of the way. I can't name a Republican candidate who ever chose a good campaign song. (I do believe that Limbaugh's use of the Pretender's "Ohio" is theme song genius, but, as I have blogged before, I seem to have this permanent crush on Chrissie Hynde.)
The best theme I can recall was actually Mike Dukakis' use of Creedence 's "Fortunate Son." John Kerry's choice of Springsteen's "No Surrender" was also not bad. Both songs were a counterpoint to a potental weakness for each candidate - the perception that he was effete and elitist. At the very least, they did not contribute to that perception
So can I say that Hill's choice of Celine Dion's "You and I" is just awful. The song is everything Hillary's critics say that she is - vapid, grandiose and, at a subliminal level, French.
Here's the part that gets to me:
High above the mountains, far across the sea
I can hear your voice calling out to me
Brighter than the sun and darker than the night
I can see your love shining like a light
Whose voice is this? Are we worshipping Hill or has the Most Amazing Woman World in the World heard our prayers?
You and I/Were meant to fly ? Higher than the clouds/We'll sail across the sky ? I think this just may qualify as taking yourself too seriously.
But here's a great possibility for Obama.