John Mellencamp, inveterate union supporter, unabashed political liberal, and famous musician, seems to be a favorite among Republican politicians: they use his music in their campaigns without licensing it, and they make no effort to correct the false impression of support given when they do so. First it was John McCain, using Mellencamp’s hit “Our Country.” Now it’s (soon-to-be-ex-) Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, fighting for his political life and not afraid to do any damned thing… a lot of what he does should rightly be damned… to keep the job he stole from the Wisconsin electorate in the usual way, by running a truth-free campaign. Walker enters at campaign stops to the tune of Mellencamp’s “Small Town.”
Mellencamp is not even suing the Walker campaign. But he wants to make sure everyone knows he thinks Walker is lower than pond scum… well, OK, those are my words; Mellencamp just wants to make sure no one mistakes the performance‑rights theft of his music as support for Walker. Be sure to tell your friends, especially those you may have in Wisconsin.