There is a groundswell of support to draft John Mellencamp to run for Senate to take Evan Bayh's old seat representing Indiana. John Mellencamp is a progressive, part of the rock and roll hall of fame, politically involved for a long time. A veteran of the Farm Aid efforts to raise money to help save small farms in this country. He was born in a small town and lives in a small town in Indiana.
I think it's a terrific idea. Mellencamp would be lot better than the white-bread Evan Bayh who's strapped verbal grenades to his chest for his last days as a Democrat. It would be a shame to see the seat go to another conservative Democrat.
From the Village Voice:
John Mellencamp Proposed to Replace Evan Bayh in Senate Race By Roy Edroso, Tuesday, Feb. 16 2010
Now that Indiana Senator Evan Bayh is out of the picture, some people are pushing for John Mellencamp, aka John Cougar, aka John Camp Cougarmellen, to run on the Democratic line for his seat.
Mellencamp is from Indiana, where he was born in a small town, and lives in Bloomington, which he asserts is a small town; he also predicts that he will prob'ly die in a small town. ...
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, has suggested a Mellencamp candidacy, as has Roger Ebert. A Facebook page has been put up for that purpose, with 238 members at present.
Mellencamp has been to the White House, but only for musical rather than political events. He has ventured into politics but rarely, with an open "Take Back Our Country" letter ("Take it back from political agendas, corporate greed and overall manipulation") and such like. ....
Here's a link to the Facebook page set up to draft John Mellancamp for the Senate: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=303715387841&ref=mf