As troubled a relationship Republicans just can’t seem to mend with rock stars, back around Obama’s first run as the potential leader of the free world, John McCain and Sarah Palin notched another knot in the noose around their campaign — at least with liberal musicians, anyhow — when they poached Bon Jovi‘s “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” on this day in 2008 to pepper rallies with.
The steel-horse riding cowboy, being the democrat that he is, threw a lawsuit at them, which marked an unprecedented seven backlashes like so in their political run alone, from Jackson Browne‘s “Running on Empty” to the Foo Fighters‘ “My Hero.” That has to be a record.
Though Donald Trump’s absurd campaign for POTUS 2016 is not far behind, with three marks against him, that arguably is an even finer case of ignorance, with the grade of vitriolic return he’s received — both Micheal Stipe and Neil Young have not just had their people talk to his people, but have taken the time personally to write beautiful responses for Trump’s unauthorized use of “Rockin’ in the Free World Lyrics” and “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” Yet Trump continues on, with his latest thievery of Aerosmith‘s “Dream On,” Stephen Tyler, not so happy.
Jovi-specific, though, McCain and Palin treaded on a sentiment the band said was a heartfelt statement to “those who have supported us over the past 25 years,” lacing homespun verses about “a hometown boy born a rollin’ stone,” always able, though, to return to a place called “home.” Which actually, kind of made twisted sense for the inevitably doomed prodigal McCain-Palin ticket. Oh, dream a little home dream:
I was a gypsy lost in the twilight zone
I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold