It seems like this trend started when John Edwards used a version of the Cowsills' Hair in his Google / YouTube debate video. Now candidate Hillary Clinton has come under Congressional fire for requesting an appropriation for a museum celebrating the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair.
A series of congressmen have singled Senator Clinton out over her cosponsor Senator Charles Schumer. On the floor of Congress, they objected to the proposed "hippie museum," despite saying they were part of the hippie generation.
It's hard to picture them enjoying the summer of love.
Senator Hillary Clinton as depicted on Rush Limbaugh's website.
Americans for Prosperity lampooned the million dollar earmark, while Clinton photos enhanced with flowers and peace signs have popped up across the right wing blogosphere (this one from Rush Limbaugh's site). "How many Troops will have to go without supplies, armor or food because Hillary and Schumer want to fund a church to hippies?" asks The Jawa Report.
On Limbaugh's radio show: "Remember all of the whining and the moaning and the complaining when that bridge in Minneapolis took the dumper? "We don't spend enough on infrastructure in our country! We are falling apart! We gotta get people out of Iraq!" Yet we have $1 million for a Woodstock museum, ladies and gentlemen?"
Then he played Woodstock by Crosby, Stills and Nash.
Two out of three were on the radar again when David Crosby and Graham Nash talked to Chris Matthews about the impact of songs for social change. Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, John Fogerty, the younger REM, and Crosby Stills and Nash have anti-war songs reaching their fan base again. So is there a chance Congress is pulling in more fans for Hillary when they alienate a generation of former hippies, not to mention the new ones who could be intimately involved in the drumbeat of war?
This YouTube video is a Cowsills performance of "Hair," minus Barry who died in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. In the video, adults of voting age are singing along, but do they live in swing states? And will there be a backlash to the backlash against the hippie generation which was in itself a backlash?
It's something for future surveys, whether hippies are a voting bloc or whether they could be organized in time to make a difference. Until there are solid statistics, here's a lyrical sampling of Hair, and the newest Cowsills video.
She'll be gaga at the gogo when she sees me in my toga
My toga made of long beautiful blonde Biblical hair
My hair like Jesus wore it hallelujah I adore it
Hallelujah Mary loved her son
Why don't my mother love me
Hair hair hair hair
hair hair hair hair
Long as I can grow it my hair
Disclosure: I lived in New Orleans before Katrina and Susan Cowsill and her husband Russ (on drums) are friends. So was Barry.