How Come Republicans Can't Get Any Good Bands to Show Up?

As the Presidential campaign heads into the final stretch, rock and rap royalty are working hard to get out the vote for Democratic nominee Barack Obama. Last weekend Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, John Legend, and India.Arie helped him raise over $4 million in New York. This is the capper to an election season that has seen everyone from Dave Matthews to Jay Z sing for the Dems.

Republicans? That's another story. Ever since Ricky Martin got all “Vida Loca” with George W. Bush at his first Inauguration, it's been downhill for the GOP. These days the only musicians Republicans can count on are either second-rate country artists or low-rent rock acts. Maybe cutting taxes isn't enough of a draw. Maybe they give out lame gift bags. Maybe the Democrats just have better parties. Whatever the reason, Republicans can't get a good rock act to show up. Even Sarah Palin's Republican hottie status isn't helping.

Here's a list of the GOP's biggest musical fans. It's not the stuff to make you rush to a voter drive.


Up until John Rich sang his insipid anthem advertisement "Raisin' McCain" at the Republican National Convention, I actually thought Big & Rich was a progressive act ("Big" is an Obama donor, so I guess that counts for something). The GOP has its biggest star in Rich, but he gave them one of lamest political songs in recent memory.


Proof that Republicans don't even know what to do when someone with a remote degree of cred shows up. Dedicated GOP'er Kid Rock was scheduled to play the youth concert during George W. Bush's 2005 Inauguration party. However, he was pulled from the bill at the last minute. Seems the RNC wasn't impressed with his comment that, if President, he would "never get caught having sex in the Oval Office, but would instead install cameras in the Lincoln Bedroom." Too bad. He would have livened up the place. Instead, W. had to settle for Hilary Duff, JoJo, and 3 Doors Down.


It's been nearly 30 years since Charlie Daniels had a hit with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," but any hit is better than no hit. The GOP trots out Charlie and his fiddle every election season, rocking like it's '79 all over again.


It's no surprise that a dude who runs around the woods with a bow and arrow is a fan of the VP candidate who hunts wolves from a helicopter. The Nuge is a longtime Republican loyalist and a card-carrying NRA member. Even with those credentials, no one's asked Nugent to show up at a GOP event this year.


Yeah, he's dead, so he's not gonna do any good at a rally, but Johnny was a hard-core Republican. He was definitely the coolest one. Maybe it's not too late for McCain-Palin to adopt "I Wanna Be Sedated" as their campaign theme song.

Check out great photos of singers from Elvis to Jacko at the White House at