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Does anyone remember that hilarious video of a bunch of white tone-deaf Clinton supporters in 2008 singing (painfully) as a counter to Obama girl? If so, do you have a link? There was one guy in particular who was amazingly bad.

*** update ***

I also vaguely remember three black women singing for either McCain or Romney. Am I just imagining that?

64 replies
  1. 1
    GOVCHRIS1988 says:

    I think this was it!

    It was THIS VIDEO, that cemented my support for Senator Barack Obama for President of the United States. Shallow, but so true.

  2. 2
    Wily Jalapeño says:

    Oh man, do you mean this one?

    Hillary in the House

  3. 3
    Jerzy Russian says:

    I don’t recall this, but I am not aware of all internet traditions.

    It looks like we will be having the Heat Wave of Jesus here, with temperatures near 100F on Friday. At least the nights are getting longer so that the daytime heat does not last as long.

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    dmsilev says:

    Here’s the link:


  5. 5
    dmsilev says:

    Feh. Moderated.

    Search for “Hillary for You and Me”

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    @GOVCHRIS1988: THAT IS IT! My goodness, so much fabulous there.

  8. 8
    Elizabelle says:



    “We don’t need no bling.”

    Because if there’s anything Obama is, it’s flashy.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @John Cole +0: Is it the dude in the sock hat?

  10. 10
    GOVCHRIS1988 says:

    AND, it gets pretty friggin worse………………

    If there is any inkling of political intelligence inside of Hillary Rodham Clinton that she possesses, she needs to make sure these people are away from her.

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    Anya says:

    @GOVCHRIS1988: That’s too painful. How did i miss this one?

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Wily Jalapeño:

    Found this parody off your link. Love it!

    Don’t Think Of A Black Man

    Pretty much summarizes the 2008 Clinton campaign’s deft touch.

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    AliceBlue says:

    God I remember that. It’s like Up With People on meth.

  14. 14
    JPL says:

    @Elizabelle: The right is still using that motto.

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    Anya says:

    @GOVCHRIS1988: I got this one from your link. Not sure what’s the message tho? HRC cures the terminally ill?

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    JPL says:

    John, Did you see this gem from the Kessler article at Politico

    Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. Sadly, given Obama’s colossal lack of management judgment, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform the Secret Service

    TPM link.. If you want the entire article like to the swill yourself..

    It was mentioned in an earlier thread.

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    askew says:

    It was actually in response to celebrities speaking Obama’s NH speech that was such a huge sensation. Hillary fans were so proud of their response video. Man, that was sad.

  18. 18
    Seanly says:

    What is your issue with Deaf of Tone Americans? I find it highly insulting that my inability to carry a tune (in a family full of musicians no less) is somehow amusing to you. Please refund my subscription to your newsletter.

    True story – In grad school, a fellow student almost made me cry when he told me he really appreciated my opinion on music. He was in a band and we used to talk about music, but I never thought my opinion mattered since I can’t carry a tune to save my life. I am the none-musical instrument playing dear-god-don’t-ask-him-to-sing member of my extended family.

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    Violet says:

    Oh, man. I’d forgotten about that video, clicked on it and one second into it remembered the whole cringe-worthy disaster. Who the hell put that together? Who approved releasing it? Epic fail.

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    RaflW says:

    @GOVCHRIS1988: That man has a real future (or past) in 3rd rate cruise line stage shows.

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    Lady Bug says:

    Anyone remember Mitt Romney’s warbling through “God Bless America” in front of the seniors in Florida? Good times.

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    Violet says:

    @John Cole +0: Which “guy who was amazingly bad” do you mean? They’re all awful. There are children in that video. Who would do that to a child? I wonder what they as young adults think of that today?

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    geg6 says:


    I’m guessing it was Lanny Davis. Simply because anything tone deaf has to come from a Lanny Davis or Lanny-wannabe.

  24. 24
    Tripod says:

    Anybody that claims that Hillary and her retinue of idiots are a sure bet to lead a Democratic wave in 2016 need to watch this video a few hundred times.

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    Anya says:

    @JPL: So, this Kessler person is openly advocating for President Obama to be assassinated? WTFreaking fuck?

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    Hal says:

    @Lady Bug: that gave me serious case of secondhand embarrassment.

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    @GOVCHRIS1988: Never saw it. Now I have.

    Gonna make it hard to color in that bubble for her in 2016. I mean, I’ll do it. I’ll think of the alternative and do it. But goddamn that was awful. Who allowed that? They should never be allowed to work in politics again.

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    RaflW says:

    @Anya: Apparently he’d deserve it, since he’s a colossally bad manager. The only way to teach good managerial skills is to kill the student.

    Hmmm. Maybe that’s not it??

  29. 29

    Oh yeah, and this…

    “we need a woman to clean up this mess!”

    Holy shit. Failure on every level. It’s failure all the way down.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @Violet: I doubt even the CLinton campaign could have approved that mess, though they couldn’t keep a leash on Ferraro or Howard Buffenbarger, so who knows?

    In other news, it’s still not about race and never was:

    The editors of The Boston Herald issued an apology of sorts Wednesday, saying they “sincerely regret if we inadvertently offended anyone” with a political cartoon that trafficked in racial stereotypes, according to a tweet from a news anchor at WBZ.
    The cartoon by renowned cartoonist Jerry Holbert and printed in Wednesday’s newspaper was accompanied by the caption: “White House Invader Got Farther Than Originally Thought.” It showed President Obama brushing his teeth while the uninvited guest sat in the tub over his shoulder. As the intruder sudsed up, he asked Obama whether he’d “tried the new watermelon flavored toothpaste.”

    how the hell do you even get from the Secret Service to ‘watermelon’? The Herald is something like a real newspaper, isn’t it? Not quite the Free Beacon or Pennysaver?

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    askew says:


    Yep. The Clintons and their hangerons are just out of touch now. I think Hillary is going to have serious issues come campaign time. The response by the non-media attendees to her at Harkin’s Steak Fry was meh followed by I’d like a woman president. Bill got a much stronger response. If she was smart, she’d be campaigning all over the country for Dems this summer and fall to shake off the campaign rust. Instead, she did nothing all summer long except the Harkin Steak Fry and she has very few events scheduled for this fall. One of the few she had scheduled for next week, she already cancelled because her granddaughter was born.

    Contrast that to O’Malley who has been all over the country and received a great response from local activists at these events.

  32. 32
    JPL says:

    @Anya: Kessler must be interviewing for the NFL job. You made me kill you defense. The guy should be hung for treason but that’s just my opinion.

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    Matt Smith says:

    The best pro-Hillary song I know from 08 was Taryn Southern’s Hot For Hillary. To me, this was a funny and fitting rebuttal to the whole “I Got a Crush on Obama” craze.

    Also, Elizabelle – I adore Public Service Administration. Besides “Don’t Think of a Black Man,” they also skewered the McCain campaign with the supremely funny
    parody of’s Yes We Can and
    GOP Vetting Emporium (and Taco Stand)

    To me, they won the 2008 election season.

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    Violet says:

    @askew: Can’t blame her for taking time off to enjoy being with her first grandchild. But yeah, she should be campaigning around the country. Although local candidates might not want her there for whatever reasons. And Hillary Clinton showing up may turn a local candidate’s race into a national one or make it All About Hillary, so some may with to avoid that.

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    Lady Bug says:


    You and me both!

    Even more, you could tell that the crowd, which was a crowd of Romney supporters, were embarrassed for him.It’s one thing to have people who aren’t your constituency snarking on your singing. It’s probably another thing all together to have your biggest supporters, who, let’s be frank, probably can’t hear that well to begin with, embarrassed for you.

    Although in Romney’s defense, he did sing better than Meatloaf did at that one Romney rally. IIRC, Meatloaf & Romney also shared an awkward hug either before or after Meatloaf’s tone deaf performance of “America the Beautiful” or whatever patriotic standard he was warbling up there.

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    I also vaguely remember three black women singing for either McCain or Romney. Am I just imagining that?

    I’ve been thinking of this one, also the Right Brothers Condoleeza Will Lead Us, which has disappeared


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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: The Herald is something like a real newspaper, isn’t it?

    The Boston Herald is like a low-rent NY Post.

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    askew says:


    I can blame her for that. She could be to Maryland and back in less than 1/2 a day. I am sure Chelsea and family could handle it for that long. I’d be more forgiving if she had done more than 1 event for 2014. I’d bet money that she wouldn’t have cancelled if it was a speech where she was getting paid or related to her book. But, she seems above helping Dems at all this cycle. And Dems have been begging her to do events all over the country but she can’t be assed to do anything.

    As O’Malley said in his interview with Jorge Ramos last night, it’s all hands on deck. Every Dem needs to be out there working for the midterms because it is that important.

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    MomSense says:

    The one I loved was the “wazzup” follow up where we see those guys however many years after their Superbowl ad and their lives have fallen apart because of C+Augustus.

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    shortstop says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: After all these years, I shouldn’t be so shockable.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Matt Smith:

    Thank you. Hadn’t heard of Public Service Administration, but now I’m a fan. Will check out your links.

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    lol says:


    None of these were official campaign videos AFAIK. Just very enthusiastic fans…

  43. 43

    @MomSense: That was pretty brilliant.

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    Belafon says:

    @CONGRATULATIONS!: I wouldn’t blame a candidate for his/her followers unless they are actively encouraging the people, and that’s only if they are encouraging them to in some way violate the rights of others. Bad singing is not a sin, just something you shouldn’t do in public.

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    dmsilev says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist:


    Later revealed to be the work of a group of comedians, rather than an actual group of McCain admirers.

    I think my favorite video from 2008 was the spoof “pro-McCain” response to the Yes We Can Obama video. Entitled, of course, No, You Can’t.

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    Belafon says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: So, a perfectly good cartoon except for the flourish. Do cartoons have editors?

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    GOVCHRIS1988 says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: What is up with John’s nostalgic look at 2008’s candidates supporter follies? Not that I am complaining, since for the full morning I have been laughing in fits, but why now?

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    Jim, Foolish Literalist says:

    @dmsilev: Yeah, they were really trying to make it look bad, but I remember for a day or so we were all wondering.

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    Violet says:


    And Dems have been begging her to do events all over the country

    Do you have a link for that? Or links?

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    Mnemosyne says:


    You missed the best part — Kessler’s recommendation for the new head of the Secret Service was Allen Fucking West. Yes, that Allen West.

    As one of the WaPo commenters said:

    If Allen West is the answer, I don’t want to know the question.

  51. 51

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  52. 52
    Paul in KY says:

    @Jim, Foolish Literalist: It is the ‘right wing’ newspaper in Boston.

  53. 53
    Mnemosyne says:


    Okay, now I think I’m getting confused between the WaPo article and the Politico one. Here’s the TPM story about the WaPo article by Dan Emmett.

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    Mandalay says:


    If she was smart, she’d be campaigning all over the country for Dems this summer and fall to shake off the campaign rust.

    From a selfish perspective she is being smart. She avoids getting loser stink, and the Senate going Republican can only help her own campaign next year.

    The Democrats losing in November hurts Clinton personally in the same way that Limbaugh is hurt when a Democrat becomes president. (i.e. not at all).

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    Chyron HR says:

    I also vaguely remember three black women singing for […] Romney. Am I just imagining that?

    You’re thinking of that novel, “The Sirens of Kolob”.

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    Mandalay says:


    But, she seems above helping Dems at all this cycle. And Dems have been begging her to do events all over the country but she can’t be assed to do anything.

    It’s just not true to claim “she can’t be assed to do anything”….

    Here is Clinton’s schedule for the 2014 midterms. This post will be updated as new events are added:
    Hillary Clinton will headline a fundraiser for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New York City this week…
    Charlie Crist, Florida Democrat’s gubernatorial candidiate, on October 2…
    Hillary Clinton will campaign for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on October 8…
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada Democrats on October 13….

    So she’s helping four campaigns in the next thirteen days. How many more should she be doing to get your seal of approval?

  57. 57
    Elizabelle says:


    I know. So much derp.

    That gets prominent news coverage.

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    patrick II says:

    didn’t I see you on the voice singing “pretty woman” last night?

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    shortstop says:

    @askew: Are you for real? Kindly compare the reality to your (constantly) aggrieved fantasy.

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    shortstop says:

    Dear dog, I’ve just watched those videos. I so, so, wish I hadn’t.

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    askew says:


    After months of begging, Hillary has managed to schedule a total of 5 closed door events. No press avail, no GOTV rallies and she has already cancelled 1 of the events. That’s not impressive. Compare her schedule to what Warren or O’Malley are doing and it is truly pathetic. Compare her schedule to Obama’s at this time in 2006. It’s clear she and her people aren’t interested in helping the party but there will be hell to pay if the party doesn’t back her campaign for president 100%.

  62. 62
    mawado says:

    I think we’ve found the way!

    Climate change is a feminist plot to kill male babies!

    You’re welcome.

  63. 63
    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @askew: I get the distinct impression that, if she were doing 10 events a day seven days a week, you would find a way to criticize her.

  64. 64
    Bob In Portland says:

    More news from the front. Your tax dollars at work.

    There is irrefutable evidence that the National Guard and ultra-nationalist Right Sector fighters are responsible for the murder of people recently discovered in mass burial sites near Donetsk, eastern Ukraine said Russia’s Investigative Committee.

    “For those who have doubts regarding who’s responsible for these murders, the Investigative Committee has irrefutable evidence – witness accounts and appropriate examinations – that directly indicates that this crime was committed by fighters from the National Guard and Right Sector,” the committee’s head Vladimir Markin in a statement on Wednesday.

    The mass graves discovered in September near the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine “are further eloquent testimony to the atrocities of the Ukrainian nationalists,” Markin said, adding that “all of the victims were tortured before their murder.”

    The murders were described in detail in the testimony of a soldier from the ‘Dnepr’ battalion, Sergey Litvinov, detained in a Russian hospital as a civilian after he fled Ukraine, Markin said. Currently Litvinov is under arrest and is to be transferred to Moscow for further questioning, he added.

    Litvinov “personally killed civilians not involved in the military conflict, including women and children residents of the villages Melovoye, Shiroky, Makarovo and Kamushnoye, guided by anonymous denunciations,” Markin said, quoting the soldier’s testimony.

    “What is more interesting that this fighter received a money reward for the killings from his leadership sponsored by Igor Kolomoysky,” Markin said, referring the Kiev-appointed Dnepropetrovsk governor and prominent oligarch.

    “We know the names of many of the commanders of military units, the militants of the Right Sector and the National Guard, who carry out criminal orders of the military and political leadership of Ukraine,” Markin said, adding that all of them will sooner or later have to answer “not only before the law, but also to their own conscience.”

    Surprise surprise. Just like last time. Only this time we’re financing it. Wave that flag.

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