Pat McCrory’s tone deaf use of rock anthems

I’m sorry, but someone has got to call out right-wing gubernatorial candidate Pat/Mitt McCrory on his attempt to appropriate rock anthems designed to give voice to the cause of  fighting The Man.

According to Raleigh’s News & Observer, McCrory intends to make Pete Townshend’s primal scream against 20th Century militaristic neo-fascism, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” his campaign theme song. This is just wrong. This is like George Will’s infamous and ignorant attempt to praise Bruce Spingsteen for “Born in the U.S.A.” It would be like Sarah Palin touting Green Day’s “American Idiot”: amazingly oblivious and absurdly ironic.

Interestingly, this is not the first time McCrory has tried this. During his last campaign for Guv, he showed up at a surreal Americans for the Prosperous rally in Raleigh and banged on the drums while AFP chief shouter Dallas Woodhouse screamed “We will rock you.” As I noted at the time, it’s pretty darned bizarre to have a right-wing, homophobic crowd attempting to rock to the beat of a song made famous by the band Queen and its extravagantly gay front man, the late great Freddie Mercury (who died of AIDS).

Of course, the ultimate irony in all of this is that McCrory attempting to use a song in support of a campaign that is based on his complete embrace of a an extreme, right-wing General Assembly. Mind you, this is the same General Assembly that was elected only because of voter frustration in 2010 and not because voters actually support the extremist agenda it ended up pursuing. In fact, polls show that voters now reject the General Assebly’s extreme agenda and have good measure of “buyer’s remorse.’

In other words, if “Won’t Get Fooled Again” has any real applicability in the 2012 election, it’s quite possible it won’t be in the way that McCrory has in mind.   




  1. david esmay

    February 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    We need to shoot Pete an e-mail about another conservative trying to co-opt a song. Who can forget Springsteen’s rebuke of Reagan.

  2. Frances Jenkins

    February 2, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Oh my Rob, you are drinking moonshine. You and your group are the reason people will not vote for Democrats. You never, as a nonprofit, look at both sides.

  3. Nub Moube

    February 2, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Why does everything have to be about race in North Carolina. We know that most of the White folks here are really black and have black DNA okay. We know a lot of folks of different races were getting busy behind the wood pile. Yes angelina jolie is black okay we all know it and no she is not McCroys cousin.

  4. Jeff Stites

    February 3, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Won’t Get Fooled Again is an anti-Hippy, anti-collectivist, anti-groupthink song, doofus. The man whacked Abbie Hoffman upside his long-haired noogin and literally booted him off the stage at Woodstock, he ain’t no “occupier”.

  5. Alex

    February 3, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Better than listening to that old coot Bob Etheridge ! Can’t someone tell him we don’t want another good old boy in charge of NC ? It was hard enough taking Mike Easley.

  6. david esmay

    February 3, 2012 at 8:48 am

    “The song was meant to let politicians and revolutionaries alike know that what lay in the centre of my life was not for sale, and could not be co-opted into any obvious cause.” Pete Towneshend 2006

  7. Alex

    February 3, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’m glad you gave credit this time for your wise-saying !

  8. david esmay

    February 3, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I’m glad you used an exclamation point! It really gives your statements punch!

  9. Unaffiliated Voters

    February 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Meet the new boss, (Pat McCrory)
    Same as the old boss (Bev Perdue)

  10. NC Independents

    February 3, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    exactly Unaffiliated…. Only those wearing partizan blinders fail to see…

  11. mariel

    February 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    After that famous Roger Daltry Shout (Pete wrote the tune!) – – – come the well-known lyrics
    “meet the new boss” “same as the old boss”

    Well, just WHAT is he trying to tell us??? He is just the same as Bev? (wouldn’t that be nice?)
    Or, we shouldn’t be fooled again by the same old worn out party that preaches less government and creates more rules to regulate our lives, interfere with women’s reproductive rights, make it more difficult for honest citizens to vote, and deny basic human rights to our non-‘straight’ neighbors?

    Forget this idiot – Fracking is a dangerous practice, already occuring in 32 other states, we have an excess of natural gas in the United States right now, prices are dropping, we are actually EXPORTING U.S. “natural” gas. There Is No Shortage of Energy!!! That is a lie being fed to the public.

    Blow up your TVs, throw away your papers! Think for yourselves, sheeple… It’s really quite fun!

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