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.
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