A song for Hillary

The candidate embraces irony in her latest YouTube come-on.

Published May 16, 2007 8:57PM (EDT)

We can thank Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert for making sarcasm hip. Irony is the new sincere. A nodding wink is the new bottom-lip bite. On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton released the following YouTube video, asking viewers to visit her Web site to select her campaign theme song. What's striking is that the video is all sarcasm. Hillary is being funny. And a little cute.

As for the song ballots, here are the choices:

"City of Blinding Lights" by U2. Key lyric: "Oh you look so beautiful tonight."

"Suddenly I See" by KT Tunstall. Key lyric: "You can see she's a beautiful girl."

"I'm a Believer" by Smash Mouth. Key lyric: "Then I saw her face/ I'm a believer."

"Get Ready" by the Temptations. Key lyric: "I never met a girl who makes me feel the way that you do."

"Ready to Run" by the Dixie Chicks. Key lyric: "I ready ready ready ready to run."

"Rock This Country" by Shania Twain. Key lyric: "Every blue-eyed girl/ gotta really go psycho/ give it a whirl."

"Beautiful Day" by U2. Key lyric: "Touch me/ Take me to that higher place."

"Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones. Key lyric: "I was alive and I waited for this."

"I'll Take You There" by the Staple Singers. Key lyric: "Ooh! Oh! Oh! All right."

By Michael Scherer

Michael Scherer is Salon's Washington correspondent. Read his other articles here.

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