New lefty idea: Hey, let’s run John Mellencamp for Indiana Senate

posted at 9:24 pm on February 16, 2010 by Allahpundit

Music to my ears (no pun intended), not only because this tool is very far left at a moment when being very far left isn’t exactly a political asset but because it suggests Indiana lefties are already depressed at the prospect of Baron Hill or Brad Ellsworth as their nominee. Lo and behold, a Facebook campaign page is already up and running. My feeling about this is basically the same as my feeling about the trial balloon of Ed Schultz for senate in North Dakota: It’d be entertaining and a likely win for the GOP, so full speed ahead.

First of all, you can’t beat him for name recognition, especially now that he has settled on one.

He’s well-positioned to take advantage of the powerful but ill-defined populist atmosphere among voters. Both in the state and nationally, Mellencamp has generated a lot of goodwill with working people by virtue of his Farm Aid concerts, and he’s managed to retain working-class authenticity despite being a superstar.

As Daily Kos diarist jolculbe points out, he also doesn’t have a record to run from. With anti-incumbent sentiment running high, being a total outsider might be an advantage.

Finally, aside from his utter lack of experience, not the liability it once was, Mellencamp is tough to assail. His heartland street cred is so great that, despite his political leanings, John McCain made heavy use of Mellencamp’s catalog at campaign events before being asked to stop. The guy’s image is as American as it gets.

As American as it gets, eh? Go watch this classic snippet from a Charlie Rose interview Mellencamp did in 2007 explaining how we haven’t done nearly enough to engage in diplomacy with, er, Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Can’t wait for the campaign commercials.

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Hey! I heard he was born in a small town. Keep it under your hat.

ronsfi on February 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM

well he and John Kerry have the same taste in men.

rob verdi on February 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM

“CHECK IT OUT!”

blatantblue on February 16, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Little Pink Houses for you and me…..fellow commie.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

John Cougar Menstrualcramp

carl todd hand on February 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Vandel Heuvel has a picture of herself looking like a floozy by the kremlin on her twitter page…

ninjapirate on February 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

No, just no. People are so stupid sometimes they’d probably vote for him just because he’s a Hoosier icon of sorts. None of the GOP candidates are.

marmaran on February 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Desperate times call for desperate measures brother.

Vigilante on February 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

I’m laughing my ass of here over this! Yes please, do it!!

Fuzzlenutter on February 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

“Here’s a little ditty
about DONT DO IT!”

Weight of Glory on February 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Reason had a post up today about how much his family has accepted in farm subsidies.

http://reason.com/blog/2010/02/15/therell-be-rain-on-the-scarecr

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

http://a1.twimg.com/profile_background_images/24808330/katrina.jpg

ninjapirate on February 16, 2010 at 9:29 PM

“I’m so hoooorny for communism”

blatantblue on February 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

This would be awesome. I’m getting the feeling that the left has absolutely no idea why exactly the average American is so p!ssed off at the ‘incumbents’ right now.

BadgerHawk on February 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

To be fair, he’s probably brighter than Al Franken.

JammieWearingFool on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

John Cougar Menstrualcramp

carl todd hand on February 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

.
I laughed at that…I’m so ashamed.

ronsfi on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

“Johnny wants to be a SEN–A–TOR”

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Dear God. Al Franken junior.

entropent on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

“Don’t laugh….don’t laugh.”

ROTFL

ElectricPhase on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

This clown is like the 6 people left in Orlando who still have Obama bumper stickers on their cars.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

John Cougar Menstrualcramp

carl todd hand on February 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

SHSHSHAHAHAH

GOLD, JERRY! GOLD

blatantblue on February 16, 2010 at 9:32 PM

I noticed one of the first people Gibbs was following on Twitter was vanden Heuvel. Figures. A couple others were Kos and Greenwald.

JammieWearingFool on February 16, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Little Pink Houses for you and me…..fellow commie.ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Little Pinko Houses for you and me.

Queen0fCups on February 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Reason had a post up today about how much his family has accepted in farm subsidies.

http://reason.com/blog/2010/02/15/therell-be-rain-on-the-scarecr

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Subsidies for me – not for thee, third world.

MeatHeadinCA on February 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Is this all that they have left? Mr. Pink Houses. Mister Has Been? What on earth have the Dems come to? And they denigrate Palin, Palin for cryin out loud!! John Cougar Mellonhead did what? FarmAid? in 1983?

Pass the effing popcorn!

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:33 PM

BTW, the locals that weren’t gonna vote for Tamyra don’t really love Johnny so much…

MeatHeadinCA on February 16, 2010 at 9:34 PM

To be fair, he’s probably brighter than Al Franken.

JammieWearingFool on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Biden’s brighter than Franken.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Maybe they can get one of the Jackson Family to run if it doesn’t work out with John Cougar Menstrual-cramp (sorry, that was pretty funny!)

Queen0fCups on February 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Jon Bon Jovi is eagerly waiting for Lautenberg to kick the bucket.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Rev up the class-warfare bus. Little pink houses indeed.

Branch Rickey on February 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

From what I’ve heard……He fights authority and authority always wins.

Let’s rock.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

from a Charlie Rose interview Mellencamp did in 2007

Pearl Harbor? Does trutherism go that far back?

unclesmrgol on February 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Oh, and please run Springsteen in NJ.

Celebrities – Is there anything they don’t know?

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Jon Bon Jovi is eagerly waiting for Lautenberg to kick the bucket.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

“Ohhh Oh! I’m halfway there

Ohh oh! Livin on a prayer”

blatantblue on February 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM

To be fair, he’s probably brighter than Al Franken.

JammieWearingFool on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

A busted headlight is brighter than Franken.

ThePrez on February 16, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Jon Bon Jovi is eagerly waiting for Lautenberg to kick the bucket.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:36 PM

and Bobby Brown is throwing his hat in the ring in GA?

What bizarro world do we live in? It’s like a bad hangover and the only thing on the cassette deck is my old 80′s tapes? C’mon guys, Eddie Van Halen or Kevin DuBrow have got to be hiding around here somewhere….. Where they at?

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM

What happened to Cougar? I still call him John Cougar Mellencamp

Daveyardbird on February 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I’d like to see him debate Ted Nugent.

Tony737 on February 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM

LMAO!!!!!!!! Are they on drugs? Man things must be really bad if this is a trial balloon they are floating.

To quote Laura Ingraham, “Shut Up and Sing” if you can.

Maybe Goodell will hire him to do the Super Bowl next year?

freeus on February 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

I’d like to see him debate Ted Nugent.

Tony737 on February 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Ohhhh SNAP—His monster truck just crushed JCMcamps Pinko House!

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Eddie Van Halen or Kevin DuBrow have got to be hiding around here somewhere….. Where they at?

Eddie is God, Kevin is dead.

Tony737 on February 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

Why not Axl Rose? He was born in Indiana. Or David Lee Roth, David Letterman or any of the remaining eight Jackson kids. Better yet, why don’t they just find and dig up Hoffa–another Indy-born dude, or better yet, John Dillinger.

robblefarian on February 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Those who can—do
Those who can’t—teach
Those who sing—run for a Senate Dem seat

WTF is going on around here?

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM

His new song……Little Code Pinkos

ICBM on February 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Eddie Van Halen or Kevin DuBrow have got to be hiding around here somewhere….. Where they at?

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Kevin DuBrow is dead. Died a couple of years ago from a cocaine OD.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Eddie is God, Kevin is dead.

Tony737 on February 16, 2010 at 9:39 PM

I guess we won’t be feelin’ the noize then, eh?

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Time for “Celebrity Congress!” Make your picks. :)

ThePrez on February 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Mellencamp is a tool, to be sure, but he also has the Spina Bifida thing going for him. It’s not very severe, but it could get him the sappy look-what-he-had-to-overcome vote.

Yeah, I didn’t really think so, either.

Before anyone tries to twist what I said, my oldest has SB. So there.

pugwriter on February 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Kevin DuBrow is dead. Died a couple of years ago from a cocaine OD.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

He’ll be perfect for obamacare then….They’re about the same temperature right now……

“We’ll get wild wild wild!” BAbyyyy

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

I guess we won’t be feelin’ the noize then, eh?

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Metal health finally drove him mad.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

A little ditty about Jack and Diane Hope and Change.

SouthernGent on February 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

Kevin DuBrow is dead.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Well, at least he can still vote dummycrat…

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Metal health finally drove him mad.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:42 PM

two of those dudes are dead then. Carlos Cavaza was their lead guitarist and he gave up the ghost for some similar reason too.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:44 PM

love this thread – Johnny Cougar would be loads of fun if he ran for the senate

whatzit2u on February 16, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Jon Bon Jovi is eagerly waiting for Lautenberg to kick the bucket.

After that crappy last album, he might as well run for office.

Hey Jon, free advice, more ”Dry County” and less … um … I can’t even remember a title off of that piece of shiite album.

Tony737 on February 16, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Oh dude, my bad—RAndy Rhoads is the dead guitarist from QR–Cavazo replaced him

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:45 PM

To be fair, he’s probably brighter than Al Franken.

JammieWearingFool on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM
Biden’s brighter than Franken.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

I’ve got an unlight candle in the kitchen cabinet that outshines both of them combined! This the person who wrote the stupidest lyrics I’ve ever heard. “I cannot forget from where it is that I come from.” If I had put that sentence in anything I had written in the sixth grade, I would have gotten an “F” for the poor grammar.

Mini-14 on February 16, 2010 at 9:45 PM

two of those dudes are dead then. Carlos Cavaza was their lead guitarist and he gave up the ghost for some similar reason too.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Carlos Cavazo is still alive. He is now a member of Ratt. The only other dead former QR member I can think of is Randy Rhoads.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:46 PM

randy rhoads I think strummed for Ozzy too.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:46 PM

To be fair, he [Mellencamap] is probably brighter than Al Franken.

JammieWearingFool on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Biden’s brighter than Franken.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

The wood for last nights’ fire was brighter than Al Franken.
Or my shoes.

massrighty on February 16, 2010 at 9:47 PM

“I’m so hoooorny for communism”

blatantblue on February 16, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Perhaps this will help you resist your urge there, bb….

Patrick S on February 16, 2010 at 9:47 PM

ronsfi on February 16, 2010 at 9:31 PM

ditto

Cindy Munford on February 16, 2010 at 9:48 PM

love the pic AP! right up there with goracle and his penguins.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Perhaps this will help you resist your urge there, bb….

Patrick S on February 16, 2010 at 9:47 PM

i have a drink scale

0 to 10

“I’d need zero drinks for her. Oh wow I’d need 5 for her.”

That thing in the photo would require inordinate amounts of alcohol, eventually requiring stomach pumping

blatantblue on February 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

You know this sounds like it might be a gift from heaven… but then… Al Franken (AKA diaper boy) actually got elected.

I had Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit playing in my head when that happened.

Al Franken got elected!

sharrukin on February 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Time for “Celebrity Congress!” Make your picks

Rosanne Barr, Kevin Smith, George Lopez.

UFC fighter and real estate agent Cheal Sonnen is running for the House as a ‘Pubbie.

Tony737 on February 16, 2010 at 9:50 PM

LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Poetic justice!
Can you imagine him being field dressed by Ted Nugent (who would HAVTA campaign for the ‘Pub?’ [provided he's got a constitutional bearing])…in INDIANA for Christ’s sweet sake?
How Sweeeeeattttt!

Chewy the Lab on February 16, 2010 at 9:50 PM

BTW, he hates to be called ‘Cougar.’ Early in his career some record producer hung that tag on him to make him more ‘hip.’ So always reference him as Cougar to get his goat.

He does make some good tunes.

GnuBreed on February 16, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Hurts so good.
Come on, Obama, make it hurt so good.
Sometimes the public option don’t feel like it should,
So, Obama, make it hurt so good.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 16, 2010 at 9:50 PM

this might be the only cougar i dont like

blatantblue on February 16, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Al Franken got elected The courts to elect him!

sharrukin on February 16, 2010 at 9:49 PM

FIFY

Mini-14 on February 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Carlos Cavazo is still alive. He is now a member of Ratt. The only other dead former QR member I can think of is Randy Rhoads.

Mark1971 on February 16, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Rudy Sarzo.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM

It hurts so good and I’m not even done with the night.

txag92 on February 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Hurts so good.
Come on, Obama, make it hurt so good.
Sometimes the public option don’t feel like it should,
So, Obama, make it hurt so good.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 16, 2010 at 9:50 PM

+3

Lyricist.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Oh dude, my bad—RAndy Rhoads is the dead guitarist from QR–Cavazo replaced him

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:45 PM

You might be thinking of Ratt guitarist, Robin Crosby, who died in 2002. Aw hell, half the people who played in those eighties L.A. bands are probably dead by now. The Rainbow Room was the beginning of the end for a lot of those dudes.

pugwriter on February 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Seriously?

cibolo on February 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

The Cougar Hoosier….SEN John Cougar Mellencamp

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Oh Effing sigh! We are all so showing our ages!
I do so not want to be a geezer!

Chewy the Lab on February 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

FIFY

Mini-14 on February 16, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Well he got close enough that the courts could swing a scam for the Democrats and that in itself is scary enough.

That goofball shouldn’t have gotten 10% of the vote!

sharrukin on February 16, 2010 at 9:54 PM

This is gonna’ hurt so good.

NeoKong on February 16, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Run the ghost of Michael Jackson. He was born in Gary, IN.

SouthernGent on February 16, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Geeze, like it’s not enough we got SNL’s most untalented in the Senate. Now we’re throwing in white trash from MTV? Sorry. I don’t like the dude!

Anymore brilliant ideas tonight?

capejasmine on February 16, 2010 at 9:55 PM

You might be thinking of Ratt guitarist, Robin Crosby, who died in 2002. Aw hell, half the people who played in those eighties L.A. bands are probably dead by now. The Rainbow Room was the beginning of the end for a lot of those dudes.

pugwriter on February 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

yeah, I know rhoads was dead prior to the ’83 Quiet Riot album coming out, I faintly recall Dubrow buying the farm (pun Mellencamp intended). BTW, that dude from Milli Vanilli gave up the ghost too after his charade was exposed. But, he wasn’t a cool hairband metal dude.

Dead 80′s guys. –Memories.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM

This douchebag did have an album called ‘American Fool’.
Could he rename it ‘American Tool’?

And let’s not forget he once employed Eric Rosser.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM

That goofball shouldn’t have gotten 10% of the vote!

sharrukin on February 16, 2010 at 9:54 PM

On that, we both agree!

Mini-14 on February 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Allah — I thought that screenshot was Rachel Maddow… YIKES!

D2Boston on February 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Oh Effing sigh! We are all so showing our ages!
I do so not want to be a geezer!

Chewy the Lab on February 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

I’m a geezer
You’re a geezer
Don’t you want to be a geezer too?

txag92 on February 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Oh Effing sigh! We are all so showing our ages!
I do so not want to be a geezer!

Chewy the Lab on February 16, 2010 at 9:53 PM

LOL At least you get a cute word for it. “geezer”. Women get to be old bags, and hags. Where is the justice I ask? Where??? LMAO!!!

capejasmine on February 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Is this some covert MTV stimulus -retirement fund-bailout deal that the White House is using as a payback for that “Rock the Vote” campaign? If so, it’s effing funny as hell and stimulating another beer run here at the casa.

All day all night, in stereo.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I’m a geezer
You’re a geezer
Don’t you want to be a geezer too?

txag92 on February 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM

You’ve got a ways to go before you become a geezmeister.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

He’s well-positioned to take advantage of the powerful but ill-defined populist atmosphere among voters.

Clueless tool. The populist atmosphere is very well defined. It’s CONSERVATIVE. I don’t see how a far left has-been piece of sludge can take advantage of that.

single stack on February 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I may be a geezer but I’m not dead yet!

Mini-14 on February 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

This douchebag did have an album called ‘American Fool’.
Could he rename it ‘American Tool’?

And let’s not forget he once employed Eric Rosser.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Nope, but we sure will…..bwaaaahaha!

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 9:59 PM

i love geezers

blatantblue on February 16, 2010 at 9:59 PM

I’d like to leave a steaming pile of fertilizer on the hood of Cougar’s govmint motors truck and walk away singing “this is our country, jackass”…..

Steamers. It sends a message.

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 10:00 PM

You’ve got a ways to go before you become a geezmeister.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:58 PM

I may not be there yet but I do have some geezetastic tendencies every now and then.

txag92 on February 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Damn ted c, good thing I put my drink down before I read that last post, or I’d be cleaning off my monitor!

Mini-14 on February 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Another classic Mellencamp moment — on mean bloggers:

“I don’t think people fought and gave their lives so that some guy can sit in his bedroom and be mean. I don’t think that’s what freedom of speech is,” he continued. “Freedom of speech is really about assembly — for us to collectively have an idea. We want to get our point of view out so we can assemble and I can appoint you to be the spokesman. That’s freedom of speech — to be able to collectively speak for a sector of people.”

Also has some snips from how he felt immediately after 9/11:

He said he played a show in Boston two days after Sept. 11 that “frightened” him.

“I write a lot of songs that could be interpreted as big patriotic songs, but in reality they’re questioning the direction the country is going,” he said. “After every song in Boston, 20,000 people were going, ‘USA, USA.’ I thought, man. I almost asked them to stop, stop doing that. I don’t like it. I don’t like hearing that chant.”

Please run.

Cuffy Meigs on February 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Damn ted c, good thing I put my drink down before I read that last post, or I’d be cleaning off my monitor!

Mini-14 on February 16, 2010 at 10:01 PM

It’s better to clean off your monitor than to shovel a 5lb load of American spirit off the hood of your truck.

Steamer made specially for the American Tool

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Cuffy Meigs on February 16, 2010 at 10:03 PM

Oh my, he’s Obama with a guitar. Those quotes are quite creepy.

sherry on February 16, 2010 at 10:05 PM

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