Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign Is Starting To Sound Pretty Haggard

Feb 16th, 2007 // 9 Comments

merle_haggard.jpgHillary Clinton hasn’t finalized her list of 2008 presidential-bid theme songs–we suggest Mary J.’s “No More Drama,” just because we want to see the inevitably awkward inaugural-party dance-along–but that may change if she goes to a Merle Haggard concert anytime soon. According to New West, the 69-year-old country legend showed off a new tune while performing in Spokane earlier this week:

It had a one-word title, he said, and was likely to “piss off” at least half of the audience. A few might even walk out, he said. But, an assistant brought out a music stand and Merle started crooning about a woman named “Hillary.”

“The country needs to be honest,” he sang. “Change needs to be large.”

“Let’s put a woman in charge.”

A few in the crowd, (including our neighbors who complained all throughout Haggard’s opening act, Neko Case, because they “didn’t buy tickets to see Jewel”) scoffed at Merle’s tribute while others wondered if he was serious. “How did you take it?” we overheard one cowboy asking another as we left the show.

The Wall Street Journal has a follow-up that notes that Haggard has been playing the tune at several stops, with varying degrees of audience reaction. We understand why people may be iffy on the tune: As far as lyrics go, “let’s put a woman in charge” is no “Don’t Stop”–heck, it’s not even as punchy as “Stand By Your Man.” But we’re all for any campaign song that doesn’t include the standard-issue lyrical themes of “hopes,” “dreams,” and “Moqtada al-Sadr.”

Merle Haggard on Hillary: ‘Let’s Put a Woman in Charge’ [New West]
New Theme Song for Clinton Camp? [WSJ.com]


  1. Kate Richardson

    As far as I’m concerned, if you’re not a proud Okie from Muskogee, Merle is off limits for your campaign song.

  2. Maulleigh

    yay! Good for him. Man; this is shaping up to be an exciting race for sure.

  3. Halfwit

    Pimpslaps all around for whoever compared Neko Case to Jewel.

  4. Ned Raggett

    Exactly my feelings!

  5. thefrontpage

    Here’s a good song for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign:

    “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.”

  6. IvyLeagueMetalhead

    Am I the only one who thinks Hil’s name is actually the less-likely possibility as this mysterious “one-word title?” (And if my hunch is right, I’m looking for Meredith Brooks to start, er, griping about copyright infringement any minute now.)

  7. yellojkt

    Maybe the Dixie Chicks can pen something catchy for Hillary. That is sure to sew up the trucker cap demographic.

  8. El Ojo

    Hillary must have gotten on his fightin’ side.

  9. Ken Layne

    Considering how anti-war Haggard has been these past five years, it seems pretty fucking strange that he’d endorse Hillary.

    Is it just a generic “old men fuck it up” thing? If so, I’m sure everybody agrees …. save for Dick Cheney.

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