My long time readers are probably waiting for this post. Ever since Bruce Springsteen announced that he was hosting rallies in support of Barack Obama including a show with Billy Joel, I've actually been snickering a little. You see it amounts to nothing.
Bruce is preaching to the converted. According to Rasmussen (looking at just national polls for this quick post) as of October 5, 45% say they will definitely vote for Obama, 38% say they will vote for Senator McCain, 13% say they will change their mind and 4% are undecided or will vote for a 3rd party. Cross that with Springsteen's dwindling fan base and really Bruce's best shot is that he is preaching to Obama supporters - WOOT.
Maybe you want to see Bruce and Billy Joel in the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. Sounds like an 80s retro dream concert right? Well if you go to order the tickets online you are plunking down $2,500 to $10K per ticket on Obama's website. Oh and in case you didn't read the fine print, the first $2,300 goes to Obama and the rest of the money goes to the DNC. At those amounts of money plus the fact they are political donations once again means these are hard-core supporters. If you are going to give $2,500 you are definitely not undecided. The nearest toss-up state to NYC according to RealClearPolitics is Virginia proving once again that Bruce is "helping" out in states that don't need his help.
At least Bruce got it right this time. He didn't corrupt his regularly scheduled concert this time around like he did towards the end of The Rising Tour and he didn't hook up with those lowlifes at MoveOn.org like he did for the Vote for Change Tour. So, I have no ill feelings towards my rock and roll hero trying to help Obama out.
It is just one of those moments like when your crazy Uncle Herman shows up at a neighbor's house for Thanksgiving and even though he doesn't recognize anyone he says "Hello I'm your Uncle Herman". You just say to yourself, that's my Uncle Herman, now pass the damn turkey.