Theme Party
Theme Party
Oct. 16 1996 3:30 AM

Theme Party

Politics really is a song and dance.

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Should all else fail, the candidate can always resort to the theme from Rocky, which, on the basis of no scientific evidence, is credited with mystical powers to transform any flagging campaign. Bob Dole has been using it in his post-"Dole Man" phase. In 1980, facing similar difficulties, Ted Kennedy switched from Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man" (too high-toned) to "Gonna Fly Now," the theme from Rocky (Ted as the plucky little underdog). As we all know, he swept to a fantastic victory that November.

Mark Steyn writes about popular music for Slate, and about film for the London Spectator.

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