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13th-Mar-2008 11:13 am - The Strange Tale of the 2008 Presidential Election...
reposted from LJ

Making Light last week had a fun post about 'the little guy' posting political videos on the Internet that in some cases equals, or even outshines, stuff churned out by the professionals.

Allow me to add my voice to Teresa Nielsen Hayden's: Comparing the 2008 Presidential Campaign to the ghosts of presidential campaigns I have known is a bit like comparing oranges to apples.

I'm not entirely sure what changed. I don't know if it's because technology has given private citizens the tools to create, communicate, and to network without regard to geography or timezone, or if it's because people are simply actually paying attention after sleeping outside the voting booth for nearly 30 years, or if it's because this is a legitimately historical presidential race on more than several grounds.

While I'm intellectually aware that in the past it was possibly for presidential campaigns to run right up until the party conventions picked the candidates, this is the first time where I've actually seen it. For as long as I can remember, both the Democratic and Republican tickets were resolved right after Super Tuesday in February.

Yet, here, in 2008, the Republican nomination has only just been settled, and the race is still on for the Democratic ticket.

We do indeed live in interesting times, although only time will tell if it's in the "Chinese curse" sense of the word or in the "dawn of a new age" sense of the word.

So, in honor of this strange election season, I've quickly thrown together 14 political songs that I just happened to have access to. Enjoy!

(Wheeee! Embeding works like a charm! YAY [info]squeaky!)




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