(From Jeremy Bronson, Hardball supervising producer)
Score one for Hillary Clinton in the highly-competitive prove-you’re-savvy primary. Today the Clinton campaign announced the much-anticipated results of its online campaign song competition. The winner? Celine Dion’s “You and I.” Hope you like it because you’ll be hearing it over and over and over again in the coming months, if the polls are any indication. (The other finalists included “Rock This Country!” by Shania Twain, Smashmouth’s version of “I’m a Believer.,” K.T. Tunstall’s “Suddenly I see,” “Beautiful Day” by U2, and “Get Ready” by The Temptations.)
As a build-up to the announcement, the campaign released this video, a spoof on the final episode of The Sopranos. Hillary plays Tony, Bill plays Carmela, and Johnny Sack makes a little cameo. Yeah, it’s kinda hokey, and yeah, it was probably the brainchild of some staffers, and sure Celine Dion is Canadian, and yeah, the Sopranos are mobsters, but all in all, it works. It shows that Hillary wants to confront any perceived likability deficit head-on.
You can see Clinton’s earlier campaign-song contest videos right here.
You’ll recall the earlier optimistic tunes that swept candidates into the White House. George W. Bush chose “We the People” by Billy Ray Cyrus, Bill Clinton used Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop,” George H. W. Bush used “This Land is Your Land” by Woodie Guthrie, and Ronald Reagan picked Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA.”
Only time will tell if Celine can get it done for Hillary.