There's a fantastic piece in the October 27 New York magazine--if you haven't picked up New York in a couple years, it's newly awesome (cuz it's edited by Adam Moss)--about Howard Wolfson, Hillary Clinton's communications honcho during the primary battle, now a cable-news pundit. He's also a big indie rock fan.
One of the great little anecdotes in the story? The fight over what would be Hillary Clinton's campaign song.
On at least one occasion during the Clinton campaign, his musical and political interests merged. When Hillary Clinton needed a campaign song, "I took it incredibly seriously," Wolfson says. "We had this elaborate committee set up." Wolfson lobbied hard to use KT Tunstall's "Suddenly I See." But the song ultimately got blackballed because it had the word hell in it. The campaign defaulted, over Wolfson's strenuous objections, to what he calls "the lowest common denominator" of Celine Dion. "I said then, 'We're going to lose because of this.'" He is, and was, joking, but then the conversation takes a more earnest turn. "'Suddenly I See' would have been perfect," he murmurs. It's about a young woman realizing what she can be. It's about possibility." He takes a long pause. "Oh, what could have been."
I kinda think maybe the Celine Dion song had more to do with HRC going down in flames than even Wolfson realizes. Remember how its announcement came after much speculation and build-up and buzz? And everyone took the news, even the HRC diehards here in the office, as a punch to the gut--yet one more sign that the campaign was tone deaf and out of touch? And then, of course, Celine Dion is Canadian...