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Barracuda, huh?

I wonder if the GOP secured rights to Heart's Barracuda before they ran it as part of the post-McCain-speech balloon drop? [1] I remember they didn't do such a good job with folks like Jackson Browne or Mike Myers. (And did anyone tell the Focus on the Family types that Heart played it for Ellen Degeneres' fiftieth birthday show?)

Anyway, I watched John McCain's speech, and was dramatically unimpressed. So were quite a few folks in the audience, judging from the crowd shots - at least two guys wearing headphones, several people yawning, others looking down at their cell phones or Blackberries or whatever. Of course, unlike Palin's speech last night, this one wasn't nearly as full of red meat for the Republican base. McCain was trying to convince the rest of the US to vote for him, which meant he had to acknowledge the tough times people are facing and criticize the current Administration for causing them. Shame he voted so often to support that same Administration, isn't it?

And, on a completely different topic - whose dimwitted idea was that continuous-loop giant Powerpoint slideshow they ran as a background for every single speaker?

ETA: Apparently, they didn't:
Thursday afternoon, Heart e-mailed out a statement regarding vice-presidential candidate Sarah "Barracuda" Palin's use of their similarly monikered song at the Republican National Convention: "The Republican campaign did not ask for permission to use the song, nor would they have been granted that permission," it read. "We have asked the Republican campaign publicly not to use our music. We hope our wishes will be honored."

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