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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This sux on a chili dog
Outside the tasty freeze

sonnyspats1 on February 16, 2010 at 10:06 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

AMEN! Can you say, “no way Jesse Ventura is going to be MN governor?” “no way Al Franken…” of course Ed could probably shed some light on this, being from MN and all.

kscheuller on February 16, 2010 at 10:07 PM

This sux on a chili dog
Outside the tasty freeze

sonnyspats1 on February 16, 2010 at 10:06 PM

he’ll be dribblin’ off David Brooks’ page and lettin’ him do what he please….

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Hey, don’t knock him. He has all that experience. Not like Sarah Palin, who doesn’t have any. Or something.

manwithblackhat on February 16, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Oh wonderful, damn the torpedos & full speed ahead. Clssaic lefty logic front &…well, decidedly not center.

The true beauty of watching the moon bats full throttle embrace of “thinking outside of the box”, is waching them take it to the extreme and topple off the high shelf from whence that box is perched and go SPLAT!

Watching the Bayh debacle unfold over the last 24hrs, regardless of Charlie Cook or anyone else says, I’m moving IN in the locked-in Red column. If the Reps cant’ win on what traditionally is red turf anyways amidst this Dhim clusterfark, we’re all screwed no matter who sweeps in ’10 & ’12.

Archimedes on February 16, 2010 at 10:08 PM

John Cougar Menstrualcramp for political office? Just what we need–another entertainer holding the purse strings.

How about we run Paris Hilton for Congress, too? At least after she’s done screwing us, we get to see a video of it. The best thing about porn is that it doesn’t want to snuggle afterward.

Sheesh!

Liam on February 16, 2010 at 10:10 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

Embrace geezerdom but not so hard as to render yourself incontinent.

BL@KBIRD on February 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM

capejasmine on February 16, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Y’all make me feel better in my geezerness…but, CJ, I’m a sheezer.

Chewy the Lab on February 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM

“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.”

But when Chevy pays you millions of dollars to use your ‘patriotic’ songs to sell trucks you are completely comfortable with that.

Ted C is right. He needs a steamer sent his way.

DeweyWins on February 16, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Embrace geezerdom but not so hard as to render yourself incontinent.

BL@KBIRD on February 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM

What! Are you saying I can’t be on a continent?? You puttin’ me out there on those itty bitty iceburgs wit’ dem starvin polu bahs?

Chewy the Lab on February 16, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Do it. I dare you. Run this brainless, talentless sh!thead for the Senate.

Jaibones on February 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM

But when Chevy pays you millions of dollars to use your ‘patriotic’ songs to sell trucks you are completely comfortable with that.

DeweyWins on February 16, 2010 at 10:13 PM

Now that it’s OMC it’s all better. Union Proud!

Now let’s Chicago (verb) Toyota for the People

roscopico on February 16, 2010 at 10:22 PM

He’s been smoking R-O-C-K in the USA!

The Race Card on February 16, 2010 at 10:22 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

Wisdom being the better part of valor, history is liittered with those that underestimate their opponent.

JCM? I haven’t a clue. Franken on the other is genuine Mensa caliber, he has employed Alinsky’s rule of ridicule and rendered is an art form. He is a malignant evil that is hard to match, he is eminently dangerous, and he should not be brushed aside lightly. Your disparagement reeks of whistling past the graveyard.

The best tactic to use against Franken is his own mercurial temper, some staffer needs to do some research, have a Sen push just the right button on the floor and cause a mini-Chernobyl on CSPAN.

The we can all watch him on The Daily Show & .
Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Archimedes on February 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

There’s got to be a Kevin Bacon joke in here somewhere….

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

I remember a long time ago that a comic joked about Mellencamp. The comic said first his name was John Cougar. Then he changed it to John Mellencamp. The comic said he would next change his name to John Camp Cougarmellen.

MeAlice on February 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

If Mellencamp is an ignoramus and is inherently paternalistic in his view of government, then he is perfect for the left.

daesleeper on February 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

The GOP better have their A game together there in Indiana. It’s going to be dueling banjos or something at debates…

ted c on February 16, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Mellencamp has generated a lot of goodwill with working people by virtue of his Farm Aid concerts

Who got the money?

Skandia Recluse on February 16, 2010 at 10:32 PM

That ain’t no big deal.

Code Pink houses for you and me.

Yeah yeah yeah yeah…

OOOOOOOOOOO Yeah!

hillbillyjim on February 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM

John Cougar Melonball is to music what Al Franken is to comedy.

Two people you just have to say, howdafug did these guys make it big? Really?

Sold their souls to satan is my guess.

NoDonkey on February 16, 2010 at 10:33 PM

He’s been smoking R-O-C-K in the USA!

The Race Card on February 16, 2010 at 10:22 PM

——- rimshot ——-

hillbillyjim on February 16, 2010 at 10:35 PM

Well, since we are annointing celebrities to rescue America, how bout Charlie Sheen for Attorney General after Holder gets Greyhounded?

What? Hookers and blow are both legal now? Thanks AG Sheen!

David2.0 on February 16, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Archimedes on February 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

B-b-but Biden’s a certifiable genius.
Just ask him.

And Franken’s just as deranged as Grayson. Wait for it.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Johnny’s theme:

I need a voter that likes me pinko-crazy
I need a hopey slogan that’s all hazy
I need liburl that’re batshit crazy
I’ll show the rich the meaning of a
Hey hit the highway

SNIP

You bet cha

AH_C on February 16, 2010 at 10:51 PM

I’ll never forget this g bait ripping on Oliver North’s secretary(the good looking blond). It was like he was pissed that a good looking women could be a conservative. Wonder what he thinks of Fox News. Never understood why this Femm “rocker” was popular.

Hummer53 on February 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

And Franken’s just as deranged as Grayson. Wait for it.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 10:47 PM

Deranged? No doubt in my mind, but that’s not the point. As matter that has been demonstrably shown, most deranged carachters are are bloody genuis. Does Ted Kaczynski ring a bell?

The point is, that Franken and the rest of “elite” progressives are dangerous, and you place Franken close to the top of the list.

Archimedes on February 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Why ? Is David Lee Roth not available?

bayview on February 16, 2010 at 11:00 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

Sorry, Lanceman, but Rudy’s still kickin and rockin.

Eff Cliffy on February 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Archimedes on February 16, 2010 at 10:59 PM

The point is, there’s nothing I can do about Franken. But like most deranged, dangerous lunatics like Franken and Grayson, they’ll be one-termers.
And if not for them, some other weasels would take their place inflicting damage and harm.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Sorry, Lanceman, but Rudy’s still kickin and rockin.

Eff Cliffy on February 16, 2010 at 11:02 PM

I know. We were just remembering Quiet Riot’s members.
Had to get my 1 cent in.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 11:11 PM

I know. We were just remembering Quiet Riot’s members.
Had to get my 1 cent in.

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Oh No! There goes Tokyo! Go Go Godzilla!

Eff Cliffy on February 16, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Lanceman on February 16, 2010 at 11:09 PM

And just blike Chavez down in Vevezuela, that fantasize that one term being for life! ZTrust me, I am over-joyed by the renewed interest amongst the electorate of our founding principles, the victories in MA, VA & NJ, but we are a long ways from out of the woods yet.

The Progressives are a radicle vicious lot who whole heartedly embrace “the ends justify the means” mind set. The peeps are the heart of the “movement” most certainly are playing for keeps. My point is not to get over confident, stay alert, and prepare to face devious, intricate, countermeasures. Progressives are of the same cloth as Dzerzinsky, Beria & Stalin and have no shortage of “useful idiots” to employ in their cause.

Archimedes on February 16, 2010 at 11:22 PM

Man! My typo’s are simply out of control tonight. A 1000 pardons.

Archimedes on February 16, 2010 at 11:24 PM

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH….

*sigh**wipes tear*

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

tickleddragon on February 16, 2010 at 11:40 PM

John, John, John, you should have stopped singing after the first heart attack or at least after the 2nd ex-wife.

So If he is elected, will he be the Left’s sorta-Cheney….rarely seen and often in the hospital getting the old ticker fixed???

BTW, that is no slam at Dick….Dick Cheney, not the dick that sings ‘non-patriotic’ songs.

saltyrover on February 17, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Didn’t John Cougar Melonhead get into it with Bruce – the Strawboss – Springstien about which of them was the dumbest, back in the 80s? Yeah, real representatives of the working man. I say hand MN and IN over to the Russians or Iranians (or 1 to each).

Virus-X on February 17, 2010 at 12:19 AM

he is still alive?

kcarpenter on February 17, 2010 at 12:28 AM

he is still alive?

kcarpenter on February 17, 2010 at 12:28 AM

In the literal sense…..uh, maybe.

hillbillyjim on February 17, 2010 at 12:40 AM

Brings to mind the line from “Animal House”:
“This calls for a really stupid, futile gesture on someone’s part—and we’re just the guys to do it”.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 17, 2010 at 1:21 AM

If only Ted Nugent had a connection to Indiana. Now That is a debate I would pay to watch.

Dragoonchris on February 17, 2010 at 2:10 AM

It seems that for every vacant Senate or House seat the Republican candidates are fielding people who are veterans and/or successful businesspeople while the Democrats are fielding washed up, vapid leftist entertainers. (Ted Nugent and Jon Voigt notwithstanding)

Just an observation.

J.J. Sefton on February 17, 2010 at 5:29 AM

The biggest difference between John Mellencamp and Obama.
Mellencamp had several hits…
.
But
.
Obama is a one hit wonder.

ted c on February 17, 2010 at 6:20 AM

If Mellencamp runs, can we call this fall’s election “Obama’s Sophomore Album?”

ted c on February 17, 2010 at 6:21 AM

LOL. Yea, what AP said! Go Cougar, Go.

JimP on February 17, 2010 at 6:36 AM

JohnMellonCougarCamp ? Why the He!! not? This country is totally F**ked anyway.

ronnyraygun on February 17, 2010 at 6:37 AM

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

Put all three – Mellencamp, Franken and Biden – in the IQ elevator where they’d scramble over one another to be highest above the floor. But he elevator would be in freefall.

ya2daup on February 17, 2010 at 6:58 AM

being from indiana,i doubt mellencamp would have more than a 30-35% chance of winning.great writer/performer,but he’s too far to the left for indiana.

centryt on February 17, 2010 at 7:44 AM

so I guess Woody Woodpecker declined their offer?

gordo on February 17, 2010 at 7:53 AM

You know, it’s really time for Bruce Springsteen and John to let go of all that pent-up anger at their dads.

Capitalism brought you that pink house you’re livin’ in, guys.

I mean, question your government and all, but take a laxative.

badtemper on February 17, 2010 at 8:07 AM

It’d be entertaining and a likely win for the GOP

I’ve got two words fer ya,

senator franken

peacenprosperity on February 17, 2010 at 8:10 AM

We just have to hope that the members of the democrat base who are that way only because that’s the way their family has always been or because the are surrounded by it everywhere they live and are too busy or too complacent to become more educated about what is going on will look at these idiot entertainers that the democrat party seems so willing to throw in there. We can only hope it would raise the smallest alert in them that the demofascists don’t have any respect for our system, our history and above all the Constitution. The demofascists would nomionate a poodle if they thought it would win because their ultimate plan is too centralize all the power in the party and do away with our republic. I would also hope that those conservatives who still have a little of the “it could never happen here’ in their brains will realize that it will happen here as soon as the demofascists can pull it off.

peacenprosperity on February 17, 2010 at 8:17 AM

I’ve got two words fer ya,

senator franken

peacenprosperity on February 17, 2010

IN ain’t MN. It gets cold here in the winter, but our brains don’t freeze by November like they do in some northern states.
We have a garage door company here locally that refers to Mellencamp as having been “invented” by Indiana. The idea of a state inventing someone is purely stupid and guarantees I would never do business with that company. The least they could have done was reference someone who doesn’t hate his country so much. Not a good reflection on a great state.

Extrafishy on February 17, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Classic move dems. You’ll find him sucking down a chili dawg out side the Tastee Freeze…..and blaming Bush. The guy sucked as a musician and would suck even more as a candidate.

On that note, the perfect dem candidate!!

dthorny on February 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Senator John Cougar Mellonhead. Has a nice ring to it!

epluribusunum on February 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM

JCM? I haven’t a clue. Franken on the other is genuine Mensa caliber, he has employed Alinsky’s rule of ridicule and rendered is an art form. He is a malignant evil that is hard to match, he is eminently dangerous, and he should not be brushed aside lightly. Your disparagement reeks of whistling past the graveyard.

The best tactic to use against Franken is his own mercurial temper, some staffer needs to do some research, have a Sen push just the right button on the floor and cause a mini-Chernobyl on CSPAN.

Archimedes on February 16, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Got to agree with you on this completely. You can’t be stupid and come up and keep straight most of the BS he comes up with. (I mean he’s a master of saying something where the individual facts are true yet the big picture is completely false. That takes talent.) I also agree that his main weakness is his temper. I’ve said this before but all Coleman had to do was Allen his ass. Just have someone follow him around until he either exploded or said something racist or sexist. (Which is also why if Coleman did that he should have had a cute girl follow him around with the video camera. I doubt he’d be able to resist making some very disturbing remarks.)

Dave_d on February 17, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Begin the thawing of Jim Nabors.

cyclown on February 17, 2010 at 9:28 AM

Mellencamp sucks.
His music really sucks
His politics suck and are being rejected handily by the American people.

That said, he will probably be elected just because of his fame. Star-struck voters are stupid as hell.

UltimateBob on February 17, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Just have someone follow him around until he either exploded or said something racist or sexist.

Dave_d on February 17, 2010 at 9:20 AM

Heck, all you have to do is open up one of Franken’s books, and you’ll find a trasure trove of racist, sexist, and other offensive remarks, right there in writing.

UltimateBob on February 17, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Well, if he gets anywhere that’s a real nice picture. It really captures his essence.

davo on February 17, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Hey, while we’re at it, grab the other main street commie, noam chomsky lover, Bruce Springsteen, and let him run for senate in NJ.

This way, the two of them can cry about the little guy while counting the billions of dollars they made as capitalists.

Shut up and sing. Can it be said any better?

wildweasel on February 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM

i’ll vote for him if it means he stops trying to write music…

ReformedAndDangerous on February 17, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Ah yes….little Johnny Cougar Mellonhead – Popular for 15 minutes with the bubble-gum set in the 1980′s.

He was Born in a Small Town (with a very shallow gene pool).

Tim_CA on February 17, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Hey, while we’re at it, grab the other main street commie, noam chomsky lover, Bruce Springsteen, and let him run for senate in NJ.

There might just be an opening soon for a Senator from New Jersey, if Lautenberg “buys the farm.”

Shut up and sing. Can it be said any better?

wildweasel on February 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM

How about just “shut up” and forget the singing. Anytime I hear the voices of these guys or people like Green Day, I am reminded only of their politics and not their talent.

UltimateBob on February 17, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Heck, all you have to do is open up one of Franken’s books, and you’ll find a trasure trove of racist, sexist, and other offensive remarks, right there in writing.

True but then he’d just claim it was satire taken out of context. However if you had him on tape campaigning saying something racist, sexist, or an absolute meltdown you could just show the footage in some ads. (A picture is worth a 1000 words so they say, how many words in 20 seconds of video worth?)

Dave_d on February 17, 2010 at 12:24 PM

So, why’d he drop the “Cougar”?

2ipa on February 17, 2010 at 1:36 PM

Springsteen. Total jackass

mr union guy who’s last album was inspired by his hatred gor President Bush,

get yours only at walmart

classic

Sonosam on February 17, 2010 at 2:34 PM

*sigh*

I like Mellencamp’s music. Well, his old stuff. But then I do have a deep and abiding weakness for 80s music.

I’ve seen his house from across Lake Munroe – he lives on the other side of it from Ransburg Boy Scout Camp. That’s about as close as I care to get.

Maybe I should root for him to run – surely the GOP can put out somebody who can soundly school this guy. Then again, that does require putting some faith in the GOP, which I am reluctant to do.

lonesome_pine on February 17, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Stick with singing Johnnyboy, cause your political views suck.

la.rt.wngr on February 17, 2010 at 4:18 PM

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