Funny Anti-Obama Ad, as Imagined by Slate:


Thanks to InstaPundit for the pointer.

glangston (mail):
Recent Boss testimonial:

He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that's interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where "…nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone."
4.18.2008 3:47pm
JosephSlater (mail):
As an Obama supporter and a Springsteen fan, let me say I thought that was brilliant.
4.18.2008 4:11pm
Q the Enchanter (mail) (www):
Celine Dion! Hilarious.
4.18.2008 4:29pm
I submit this question to you: How can someone be considered such a blue collar, salt-of-the-earth American icon when he refers calls a fastball a "speedball?" As in, "Man he could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool." WTF? It's not as if he needed to take license for purposes of meter or rhyming. "Fastball" would've worked just fine. And I don't think he intended it as a double-entendre (drugs).

What's he going to sing about next, his first car, a Chevrolet Mustang?
4.18.2008 4:58pm
Baseball players make up 50 new words a day. For every baseball phrase that has entered the popular lexicon, there are probably 10,000 that died after that season or game. I always assumed Springsteen was referencing a word that the atheletes at his high school threw around, but has since died out.
4.18.2008 5:47pm
Cute video.

I noticed elsewhere that keyboardist Danny Federici passed away last night. R.I.P.
4.18.2008 6:09pm
Yeah, but I don't like him, so I'd rather assume he's a plant from some Communist country (but not Cuba, one where they don't play baseball), probably China.

To address your argument on the merits, it's definately possible. If he'd called a curveball a yakker, Mr. Snappy, ol' number two, a hook, a bender, I'd agree. I've never personally heard a fastball called a speedball, and the fact that fast = speed (more or less) makes me think it's more likely a mistake than a collolquialism.

I'll make this analogy. If someone calls an umpire a "ref," he's more than likely clueless. If he calls the ump "blue," he's probably using the term his buddies back in high school used.
4.18.2008 6:10pm
Obama ought to buy the rights to this ad and run it himself.
4.18.2008 6:43pm
Thought it was good.
4.18.2008 7:43pm
arbitraryaardvark (mail) (www):
Somewhat on topic, I want to get in a plug for the "hey there Obama" video. hey there Obama
4.18.2008 9:09pm
Al Goreski:
Anybody that thinks Springsteen is a common man, should drive past his NJ home or his NJ farm. Very elite company in those neighborhoods.
4.18.2008 10:44pm
Retired Guy:
Umm...I actually think this is an anti-Hillary ad.

Am I badly confused (it happens) or does anyone else think this is what used to be called irony?
4.19.2008 10:30am
Michael B (mail):
Bruce supported Jimmy Carter. The result was illusions masquerading as reality.

The Bruce is a great lyricist and romanticist, for example he has much applauded Pete Seeger who in turn romanticized and gave approbation to none other than Uncle Joe Stalin. Likewise, the 20th century renders testimony to a romanticized view of politics and politicians. Given the hecatombs of that century, much of that testimony is mute. Those are cautionary tales, not precise parallels, but they are cautionary tales of a romanticized feel-goodism that advances illusions in lieu of sober minded realities. Pleasant, from a sensate pov, yes.
4.19.2008 12:14pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Retired Guy: I'm pretty sure that everyone else indeed thinks that it isn't really an anti-Obama ad.
4.19.2008 12:55pm
The guy is from NJ for goodness sakes. He may be what the Democrats consider a common or little man. Meaning UNION liberal semi-socialist leaning. That is not what the common man is in fly-over land. Totally different species. Yuck.
4.19.2008 1:06pm
Oh, therut...proving again what we already knew: conservatives just don't know how to rock.
4.20.2008 1:45am
I do not consider his yapping ROCK. Now, we may not have a sense of humor. But then we must if we like Country Music. Plus. I am not necesarily a Conservative. I am definately not a liberal, socialist or communist or anything of that political ideology. I define myself by what I am not. What that leaves is something of an unkown name. Maybe just DAMN Americian defines me.
4.20.2008 4:34pm
some sense:
As if I or anyone else who has half a brain and reads newspapers should care who Bruce Springsteen endorses for president.

Just the fact that Bruce thinks his endorsement is going to make a difference makes me want to vote for someone else.
4.21.2008 2:23pm