Now that Jon Corzine has won the New Jersey gubernatorial election, everyone is wondering whom Corzine will pick to serve out the remainder of his term as a New Jersey senator. Which leads many political and musical junkies to wonder: Bruce Springsteen for Senate?
The idea was floated by Philadelphia blogger Attytood in tongue-in-cheek fashion, then Atrios linked to it and now it’s all over the place. I haven’t seen this much excitement since the 1970s, when some radio DJ wisecracked that “Born to Run” was the unofficial state song of New Jersey and suddenly there was a mini-movement to make it so.
Then somebody had the bright idea of actually reading Springsteen’s lyrics, and people realized that the state adopting “Born to Run” as its official theme made about as much sense as the Atlantic City tourism board building an ad campaign around “Town Without Pity.”
Of course, now that the state is going to get a lieutenant governor, I see a chance for a double-bill here with Steven Van Zandt, but only if Van Zandt promises to wear that vulcanized rubber hairpiece he sports on The Sopranos.
Originally published in The Opinion Mill.