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Presidential endorsement

There really is only one possible choice in this election, and one matter puts it beyond reasonable dispute. At the end of the day, after the Born Alive Infants act, partial-birth abortion, “spreading the wealth,” Rev. Wright, Bill Ayres, the New Party, the “get in their face” thuggery, Tony Rezko, meeting Ahmedinejad and Chavez, surrender in Iraq, and all the rest, one thing overrides everything …

John McCain loves ABBA.

Here is the article from a couple of months ago in Blender (and ignore Randy Newman’s Godwin violation at the end) when the site asked the two men to name their ten favorite pop songs:

1. Ready or Not, Fugees
2. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
3. I’m On Fire, Bruce Springsteen
4. Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones
5. Sinnerman, Nina Simone
6. Touch the Sky, Kanye West
7. You’d Be So Easy to Love, Frank Sinatra
8. Think, Aretha Franklin
9. City of Blinding Lights, U2
10. Yes We Can, will.i.am

1. Dancing Queen, ABBA
2. Blue Bayou, Roy Orbison
3. Take a Chance On Me, ABBA
4. If We Make It Through December, Merle Haggard
5. As Time Goes By, Dooley Wilson
6. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
7. What A Wonderful World, Louis Armstrong
8. I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Frank Sinatra
9. Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond
10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Platters

To the informed voter, it is now obvious that there is only one acceptable choice for president, and that is John McCain, as the sole candidate with the judgment, character and intelligence to recognize the genius of Abba. Nor was this the first time McCain has noted his love of Abba:

McCain dropped the ABBA bombshell on the popular Johnjay and Rich Show on Phoenix’s KZZP-FM.  McCain told the deejays that before big speeches he pumps himself up by listening to the Swedish quartet’s 1977 hit “Take a Chance on Me.”
It turns out this wasn’t the first time McCain had revealed his inner Fernando.  In South Carolina last October, McCain confided in reporters on his campaign bus and told them that if he’s elected ABBA would be the background music in “elevators all over the White House.”

In addition, as the left-wing Guardian notes about Obama:

[T]here’s something a bit focus group about his genre-spanning, box-ticking choices. Too many acts perceived as “cool”, not enough surprises. McCain’s seems a bit more honest

In contrast, McCain’s loving Abba provides his ability to stand up to questioning and stand his ground under intense assault from the Cultural Elite.

Speaking to Walter Isaacson at the Aspen Institute in Colorado on Thursday, McCain found himself explaining a recent interview with Blender Magazine in which he selected ABBA’s 1976 track “Dancing Queen” as his favorite song.
“What were you thinking?,” Isaacson asked him, looking incredulous.
“If there is anything I am lacking in, I’ve got to tell you, it is taste in music and art and other great things in life,” McCain joked. “I’ve got to say that a lot of my taste in music stopped about the time I impacted a surface-to-air missile with my own airplane and never caught up again.”…
“Now look, everybody says, ‘I hate ABBA. Oh ABBA, how terrible! Blah blah blah,’” he said. “How come everybody goes to ‘Mamma Mia?’ Huh? I mean really, seriously, huh? ‘I hate ABBA, they’re no good, you know.’ Well, everybody goes. They’ve been selling out for years.”…
“I loved my Naval Academy education and my time at the National War College, but some of the things weren’t there that I would like to see to fill out my education,” he said. “But I make no excuses for my taste in music.”

Again with Obama, the Messiah and Ego Factors raise their head, as noted by Girl Talk:

GT: I couldn’t tell if it was cool or creepy for Obama to have “Yes We Can.” Maybe he’s in love with himself and wants to hear his speeches over and over as collaged by will.i.am.

I don’t even see how there’s a question here, much less something one may not be able to tell. It’s C. R. E. E. P. Y.

At the same time, one does wonder where Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys is. And speaking of Barbara, here’s the ultimate proof of McCain’s great musical talents:

There is no other serious choice here. John McCain for president.

October 23, 2008 - Posted by | Abba, Election 08, Humor


  1. It is really only 9 & 10 from Obama that are truly troubling. The problem with McCain is the lack of songs that relate to now in that they were released since the 1970s (at least try!). And the tiebreaker for me is Sinatra. Obama’s choice is unexpected and less creepy than McCain’s Freudian Cancer Anthem, so the underdog pulls ahead especially with the Nina Simone (who I prefer over Abba, sorry bud).

    Still, I am writing in Arnold.

    Comment by McCloud | October 23, 2008 | Reply

  2. “Focus group” is right, where Obama’s artistic choices are concerned. Did you notice that, according to his Facebook page, Obama’s favorite films are Casablanca, Lawrence of Arabia, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and the first two Godfathers — every single one of which won the Oscar for Best Picture. McCain, on the other hand, lists Letters from Iwo Jima, Some Like It Hot and Viva Zapata! — the last of which he defended in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, acknowledging that he was in the minority in picking that film as his favorite of the Kazan-Brando collaborations. McCain’s list suggests a personality. I don’t know what Obama’s list suggests.

    Comment by petertchattaway | October 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. Note to self: Kibosh all plans to ever run for president, as nobody wants a Chief Executive who listens to death-metal and backpacker hip-hop.

    Comment by Steve C. | October 24, 2008 | Reply

  4. […] yesterday Right Wing Film Geek posted about the candidates’ music choices and got the same vibe:  McCain’s choices […]

    Pingback by Seriously? Abba? « Life of Ando | October 25, 2008 | Reply

  5. Please tell me you photoshopped that picture yourself. If someone else did that I would be sorely afraid.

    Comment by G-Money | October 25, 2008 | Reply

  6. “Good Vibrations” is a kick-ass song, too.

    Why on earth does Obama use “I’m on Fire?” Does a presidential candidate really want the world to associate him with having the hots for a woman he shouldn’t have the hots for?

    “Sweet Caroline,” though? What is McCain, a Red Sox fan?

    Comment by Adam Villani | October 26, 2008 | Reply

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