Jon Sanders

Besides, BEP would be more likely to attract the "under-thirty crowd," and unlike the BEP song used by the Kerry/Edwards campaign, "Let's Get Retarded," this one won't require campaign officials to take pains to use the revised version ("Let's Get It Started").

Then again, BEP didn't help Kerry/Ewards, and "Shut Up" is too broad. Clinton's theme should be more Hillary-specific.

Remember, Clinton is the one who in June 2004 opposed tax cuts and instead pledged, "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." She also declared this past February, "The other day, the oil companies reported the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits and I want to put them in a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative, smart energy alternatives and technology that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of independence."

Furthermore, Clinton recently described herself as "multilingual" for being able to mimic regional dialects. Her ideal theme song would not only capture Clinton's economic policies but also showcase her linguistic prowess. All the better if it can deliver those with a fetching, upbeat enthusiasm the famously dour candidate lacks.

What song could do all that for the Hillary Clinton campaign? How about The Pipkins' "Gimme Dat Ding"? Here's the chorus:

Oh, gimme dat, gimme dat,

Gimme, gimme, gimme dat,

Gimme dat ding, gimme dat,

Gimme, gimme dat, gimme dat ding,

Gimme dat, gimme, gimme dat,

Gimme, gimme, gimme dat ding!

(Oh, sing it one more time, Mama!)

Oh, gimme dat, gimme dat,

Gimme, gimme, gimme dat,

Gimme dat ding, gimme dat,

Gimme, gimme dat, gimme dat ding,

Gimme dat, gimme, gimme dat,

Gimme, gimme, gimme dat ding!

Seems perfect! But if there's a better one than that, some enterprising American will find it. Let the search begin!


Jon Sanders

Jon Sanders is associate director of research at the John Locke Foundation in Raleigh, N.C.