August 19, 2008, - 9:48 am

On CNN’s New GOT(Obama)V Effort: Great Daughtry “Foreigner” Cover, But . . .

By Debbie Schlussel
I’ve always been against these stupid “Choose or Lose”, “Rock the Vote”, “Declare Yourself,” and other celeb efforts to get young people to register to vote and get out and vote (liberal Democratic) on election day. It’s all about–and solely about–putting the big “D” (and this year, the big “BHO”) back in the crib at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
In 2000, when I was on ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” with the Goo Goo Dolls’ Johnny Rzeznik and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, both of whom were then involved in this effort. When I asked them, both admitted (thankfully) that neither was registered to vote (Ulrich said he wasn’t even an American citizen then). Conveniently, of course, that part was edited out of the show–can’t make these celebs feel bad or embarrass them when they try to do “good” (like getting more young dummies into the polling booth to mess up America).

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CNN’s “Elect Obama” Effort Should Have Middle Finger Up

Now, the latest party getting involved is CNN, with its “League of First Time Voters.” Get it?–It’s a riff off of “League of Women Voters”. Haha, funny (where’s Joe Pesci when I need him?). Not exactly the best imagery–using the name of a group of crotchety, dinosaurish, lesbian wrinkliettes, to get younger people to vote. And another question? Isn’t CNN supposed to be reporting the news, NOT making it and getting people registered to vote?
Sadly, CNN has enlisted the only successful “American Idol” contestant I like, Chris Daughtry, in its “Get Out the (Obama) Vote” effort, with a cover of a great song, Foreigner’s “Feels Like the First Time” (it’s part of my workout music–luv Foreigner!). Daughtry’s got a great, powerful, modern-rocker singing voice, and I like his cover of the song a lot. Though it doesn’t compare to the original, it’s as good as a cover will get.
Compare (and tune out the CNN Obama-heavy voter drive BS parts in part of the Daughtry video):
DAUGHTRY . . .

Original FOREIGNER . . .

Hard to believe that the Foreigner original version is now THIRTY years old. Yup, from 1978. Make you feel old?
It’s annoying enough that CNN is involved in trying to get people to vote. They’re supposed to be telling us the news, NOT manufacturing an election result. Even more annoying that they’re using an ’80s song ostensibly about sex to try to get people to do it. Actually, that makes it very cheesy.
I like the Daughtry cover, but his getting involved in this CNN voter stuff makes him as cheesy as Ulrich and Rzeznik were in 2000. Street cred lowered, Chris.
If you can’t decide to register to vote and go to the polls on your own, you shouldn’t be voting. Doubly so, if you need CNN and Chris Daughtry to tell you to do it.

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4 Responses

Perhaps there should be test given before people can exercise the right to vote.
This test could assess their knowledge of the Constitution, currents events, world politics, confirm they know how to operate a voting machine and make sure they have an understanding of the laws and the issues at hand. There would also be a background check to confirm their citizenship and that the person is not a criminal.
You know, just like what we have to go through to exercise another right….to own a firearm !!!

Shootist on August 19, 2008 at 10:39 am

I agree with Debbie & Shootist, assuming that the test is fair and objective, and not PC horse****. There’s a bright side, though. These idiots and the idiots they sign up are not as bad as the democratic voters in such bastions of democracy as the PLO, Egypt, and other Bush/Rice ‘successes’.
During the 19th century, there was a lot of mainstream intellectual criticism of democracy. While the systems advocated by these critics were problematic, it doesn’t hurt to reread their criticisms; good perspective.

c f on August 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Debbie, that Daughtry cover is appalling. He couldn’t come up with a new song 1/10th as good as “Dirty White Boy”, either. The era of supergroups has been over for a long time, and nothing worthwhile replaced it.

Anonymous1 on August 19, 2008 at 10:48 pm

CNN’s “Elect Obama” Effort Should Have Middle Finger Up:
http://i302.photobucket.com/albums/nn92/B-Hussein-Obama/cnnleagueofvoters.gif

Terror-Free Oil on August 20, 2008 at 6:40 pm

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