$505 per word (or $476 per second)

Ever wonder what political candidates do with all that cash they raise and/or donate to themselves? One of the more interesting expenditures comes from the recent campaign report of state Senator Fred Smith.

Anglico suggested I cross-post this. Hope folks enjoy. Check out the lyric about "choice." I imagine Lee probably doesn't mean that kind of choice...

Ever wonder what political candidates do with all that cash they raise and/or donate to themselves? One of the more interesting expenditures comes from the recent campaign report of state Senator Fred Smith. AP and The Insider are reporting that the GOP gubernatorial wannabe paid a cool $100,000 to country/pop singer Lee Greenwood (that's him pictured at right in all his star spangled splendor) for a campaign song.

Greenwood's introduction of the song on Smith's website makes you wonder about Smith's skills as a negotiator and budget cutter. According to the singer, the song was his idea. He says he remembers saying to Smith: "How 'bout if I write you a song?" To which, he claims, Smith replied: "Well I don't know. Are you capable of doing that?"

Is this what we have to look forward from a Governor Smith? Greenwood makes it sound as if he was ready to give Smith the song out of his dedication to the cause and Smith ends up paying him a hundred grand?!

Anyway, in the event you'd like to spare yourself the experience, the Progressive Pulse has, as a service to its readers, transcribed the lyrics of the three and a half minute, soon-to-be chart topper. By our count, the song features 198 words (not counting the three repeats of the heart-stirring chorus). In case anyone's counting, that's roughly $505 per word and $476 per second paid out by a man whose website claims that "Irresponsible spending is endemic in the General Assembly."

Check out the lyrics to "Good to Great" (we hope we got them all down correctly) and decide if you think such spending might be endemic in the Smith campaign too:

The mist begins to rise on the mountains to the west,
And the sun begins to break - a brand new day.
There's a spirit that's awake, and a whisper in the wind.
And a voice among the trees that seems to say:
"These times demand we have courage when we must
And we should place our faith in someone that we trust."

Chorus
He's from North Carolina - the place where he was raised.
Fights for what is right and he's continually amazed,
At how the heart beats strong in the people of his state.
Count on Fred Smith!
To take us from good to great!

The Outer Banks stand guard like a shield for Jockey's Ridge,
And the lighthouse at the Cape holds back the night.
As the echo of the Tar Heel is an emblem of the past,
And the Kitty Hawk remembers its first flight.
For the soldiers who have answered the call,
We need a governor who represents us all.

Repeat chorus

We all believe in the right to make a choice,
Protected by the laws of our land.
So let's rise and speak with a gentle voice - make the message clear,
The time is here at hand.

Repeat chorus
Repeat chorus again.

Comments

Thanks for bringing it here, Rob.

Hilarious! You have to go watch the video on the website.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

and....

"Irresponsible spending is endemic in the General Assembly."

That sentence is worth $4040, by those calculations.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Thanks, Rob.

An all time classic. I just hope it's not enough to dampen enthusiasm for Mr. Smith among the few right-wingers who'll turn out on primary day.