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Imagining a presidential playlist

Thanks to a miscommunication between my managing editor and myself, I arrived at Sandy Treadwells Sept. 8 gathering a full hour early. I use the term miscommunication loosely, as I suspect that I was actually the subject of a cruel joke. Hey, lets send Chris to that party early and force him to hobnob with conservative types, thatll teach him to put a left-leaning slant on his material! No matter. I actually enjoy these events, especially when I can set up shop and observe these political campaigns from a short distance. Treadwell has enlisted the help of several young, attractive, budding conservatives all unabashedly enthusiastic and they are genuinely excited to be drumming up grassroots support for their candidate. Treadwell has leased office space between Zig-Zags Pub and the Northwoods Inn, on Main Street in Lake Placid indeed, in the very heart of the Olympic Village. Like it or not, it appears that he has staked his claim in Essex County. And so much for that. His speech was predictable he showered praise upon the various Adirondack leaders that have supported him (Robi Politi, Ron Jackson, et. al.) and afterwards, spectators followed Treadwell and the gang into the dining room at Northwoods for free food and drink. Several of his supporters made attempts to invite me inside, but I knew better. While waiting for the better part of an hour for a less-than 10-minute speech, I had a chance to analyze a particular phenomenon of political campaigning the music. Team Treadwell had speakers blaring a well-thought-out playlist, and I noticed some obvious trends. At this point in my life, I can say with 95 percent certainty that a conservative-white-male candidate will use the following songs at some point in the course of his campaign: Small Town by John Mellencamp; Taking Care of Business and You Aint Seen Nothing Yet by Bachman-Turner Overdrive; Like a Rock by Bob Seger; and Born in the U.S.A by Bruce Springsteen (the most unoriginal choice I can think of). Treadwell has also added a newer Bon Jovi single, I Love This Town, to his playlist. Glory Days (Springsteen) and Start Me Up (The Rolling Stones) were more fascinating choices. Glory Days, for me anyway, seems more biting, almost satirical in a way. Start Me Up isnt strange in itself, but imagine, if you will, Mick Jagger, decked-out in his and ogynous uniform of skin-tight leopard-prints and ripped t-shirts, prancing around and pursing his lips at a room full of pro-gun, pro-life Republicans. Good stuff. So heres my question: if masculine, every-man rock n roll is the theme music for the conservative candidate, what genre exemplifies the Democrats? Indeed. I imagine that if you allowed someone like, say, Dick Cheney to create Barack Obamas playlist, it would heavily feature artists like Madonna, Coldplay and Justin Timberlake. If I had any say, Id make sure that everytime Obama appeared, he would be introduced using the first few verses of Carl Orffs Carmin Burana. Look it up on YouTube if youre not familiar with this opera classic. Just once, however, Id like to see a candidate go out on a limb, just for kicks. For example, if during the primaries Hillary Clinton had made her entrance to Nookie by Limp Bizkit, would she have received more votes? I cant be sure, but that would have been life-altering for me, and Im sure I would have donated money to her campaign. Thats it for this week. Im feeling somewhat refreshed after the first full week of NFL action I am in desperate need of a shave and a haircut, though. Im starting to attract unwanted attention. Ill wrap this up with a few thoughts about week one of the NFL: 1. Cincinnati is Terrible. Do not, under any circumstances, pick them to win. 2. The Eagles will be Good. Until Donovan McNabb gets injured. 3. Justin Tuck will make the absense of Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora a moot point. 4. Daunte Culpepper will pull an MJ, and I imagine he will look good in a Patriot uniform. Chris Morris is the news editor at Denton Publications. He can be reached at chrism@denpubs.com

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