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Bruce Springsteen for New Jersey Senate?

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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.

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  • JDe

    Republicans Refuse to Honor Springsteen
    (actual AP story) – Nov 18, 6:01 PM (ET)


    WASHINGTON (AP) – Bruce Springsteen famously was “born in the USA,” but he’s getting scorned in the U.S. Senate.

    An effort by New Jersey’s two Democratic senators to honor the veteran rocker was shot down Friday by Republicans who are apparently still miffed a year after the Boss lent his voice to the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

    The chamber’s GOP leaders refused to bring up for consideration a resolution, introduced by Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Jon Corzine, that honored Springsteen’s long career and the 1975 release of his iconic album, “Born to Run.”

    No reason was given, said Lautenberg spokesman Alex Formuzis. “Resolutions like this pass all the time in the U.S. Senate, usually by unanimous consent,” he said.

    Telephone calls to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s office seeking comment were not immediately returned.

    Lautenberg said he couldn’t understand why anyone would object to the resolution.

    “Even if the Republicans don’t like (Springsteen’s) tunes, I would hope they appreciated his contributions to American culture,” Lautenberg said.

    Springsteen endorsed Kerry last year, and made campaign appearances that drew huge crowds who came to hear music described in the resolution as “a cultural milestone that has touched the lives of millions of people.”

  • Can you imagine how cool it would be to see him do a live set during the state debates??

  • It’s an interesting phenomena that our entertainers and politicians and superstar athletes and “personalities” are melding into one “celebrity” camp, isn’t it?

    It seems that besides money itself, being known in some way — any way — equates to the highest currency in American life.

  • Eric Olsen

    good point about the expense – it is now extraordinarily expensive to run for state or national office (and have a prayer of winning, that is), and you either have to have it yourself (the easiest way) or you have to spend all your time raising it

  • I guess we have finally run out of regular knucleheads and run the cost of elected office up so much only celebrities can afford to buy one.

    The only way I go along with this is if I get to go through the vaults and release all the good stuff he’s been holding out on us.

  • bhw

    The guy has a great life. He does what he wants when he wants. Why would anyone who had that want to get into politics?

  • i hope so too…because then he’ll have more time to write and record more great records that’ll piss of folks like mr. barger who actually stopped listening years ago.

  • bhw

    I hope so!

  • Yeah BHW, Springsteen’s resisted the effortand risk of failure of running for office. However, if a US Senate seat was just HANDED to him by appointment, would he be able to resist the temptation?

  • I must take quite the opposite viewpoint on Bruce Springsteen here from Sister McKay, who says “Anything that would turn his attention away from writing songs and performing would be a bad thing.”

    Based on the crappy state that his musical thinking and songwriting have devolved to in the last decade, occupying himself with something besides make more bad records would be an excellent idea.

    Also, it would- quite appropriately- ruin his big, over inflated reputation. All his Woody Guthrie man of the people nonsense would be reduced to the cheap politics that it always really was.

    A lot of that cheap personnae would be burned off by the fires of reality, and he would end up being reduced to his proper glorious role as “merely” one of our great singer-songwriters.

  • bhw

    Bruce has repeatedly refused suggestions and “movements” from fans that he run for office. This just happened a few years ago, too. At some point, if the story gets enough steam in the media, he’ll probably release a statement similar to the last one, where he said rumors of his run for office were greatly exaggerated. 😎

  • Eric Olsen

    did the colors just change or is that Dead concert from ’85 comign back to haunt me?

  • Man, I hope Springsteen isn’t born to run! I’m from NJ, and have been a Springsteen fan since disco was king, and nothing would be worse for The Faithul and Springsteen himself than getting stuck in that beartrap. Now, I wouldn’t mind if he started acting–he’d at least be better than Elvis and Jon Bon Jovi–but politics? Nah; too many bad chicken dinners.

  • ven !@#$% tura.

    I remain in typo pergatory. ….

  • >>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.”

    nice. 🙂

    Springsteen would be popular – but then so were Schwarzenegger and Jesse Bentura. Neither has destroyed their state, but they really didn’t seem to enjoy theor work after the rosy glow faded, and they couldn’t change for the better.

  • Anything that would turn his attention away from writing songs and performing would be a bad thing.

  • Eric Olsen

    Springsteen wouldn’t be the first entertainer to jump into politics and stranger things have happened, but I wonder if Bruce’s idealism would hold up under the “withering light,” and isn’t that idealism the real wellspring of his appeal?

    Thanks Steven