John McCain: Serial Musician Offender

What is going on with John McCain and his Presidential campaign music selection? For someone who is in the running for, arguably, one of the world's most powerful jobs you'd think he'd have someone who could contact a musician or two and ask, "Can we use your song?"

In what seems to be a growing list of disgruntled musical acts John McCain has managed to get the backs up of The Foo Fighters (My Hero), Survivor (Eye of the Tiger), Van Halen (Right Now), John Mellancamp (Pink Houses and Our Country), Jackson Brown (Running on Empty) and, if you add running mate Sarah Palin to the list, Heart (Barracuda) and Bon Jovi (Who Says You Can't Go Home).

Come on John! You're supposed to be a man with influential connections. If you can't even connect with a musician's agent to see how their client feels about you using their song then what hope can anyone have in you when it comes to your foreign policy and extending U.S. Goodwill beyond the border?

I've read comments that Barack Obama has also used songs without the artist's permission in his campaign but this doesn't get reported. I don't know if this is true (and my casual Google search for Barack Obama Campaign Music didn't find any such reports on the first and second page) but for argument's sake let's say it is. It's highly unlikely that any musician would be unaware of their song being used in Barack's campaign (you'd have to be living under a rock not to know).

If permission hadn't been granted for the use of the song and the artist was supportive of the campaign then they're probably just going to have a quiet word to Obama's people ("Ahem... license and royalties please" or "Might want to ask next time but sure use my song if it helps").

Should the artist be against Obama's policies and campaign I'm sure you'd be seeing the reports, loud and proud. There are plenty of Republican sympathetic media outlets that would only be too happy to report the story (cough...Fox News...cough!).

The fact that John McCain's campaign has hit troubled waters with song choice more than once suggests that it isn't common practice for Presidential candidates to ask permission for the use of a song. If this is the case, with a growing list of musical protesters, what does that say about John McCain and his policies?

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