Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Battle Hymn Of the Republic Its Not

They cut out the part where he usually sings about dope and booze because the crowd wanted the really hard stuff:

In the song he sang this afternoon before a crowd outside the Richmond International Raceway, Williams blamed Democrats for the current financial crisis. "Now this old Union's got problems/That is plain to see/The Democrats bankrupted Fannie Mae N Freddie Mac/Just like 1, 2, 3/The bankers didn't want to make all those bad loans/But Bill Clinton said you got to/Now they want a bailout, what I'm talking about/Is a Democrat liberal who do."

The chorus is right in keeping with the campaign's theme, and echoes Palin's linguistic tics: "John N Sarah tell ya/Just what they think/And they're not gonna blink/And they're gonna fix this country/Cause they're just like you N ole Hank/Yes John is a maverick/And Sarah fixed Alaska's broken condition/They're gonna go just fine/We're headed for better times/It's a McCain-Palin tradition."

One line Williams sang today did not appear in the lyrics the campaign distributed later in the day. That was an allusion to Barack Obama's connection to Weather Underground member William Ayers, in which Williams praised John McCain and Sarah Palin's friendships by crooning, "They don't have radical friends to whom their careers are linked."

And while Williams boasts in the original version, "I have loved some ladies/and I have loved Jim Beam," those are apparently not attributes he ascribes to the members of the GOP ticket.