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John McCain Battles Jackson Browne in Court

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Posted on Nov 20, 2008
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This is the story of how Jackson Browne’s 30-year-old song “Running on Empty” became the unlikely catalyst for the singer’s lawsuit against Sen. John McCain—and what Yoko Ono has to do with McCain’s response.
“THR Esq.” in The Hollywood Reporter: Browne sued McCain in August after the Republican candidate for the highest office in the land used his song, “Running on Empty,” in a campaign commercial that targeted Obama’s energy plan. At the time, many didn’t take the legal threat very seriously, but based on two motions filed this week in U.S. District Court in California, the McCain campaign sure does. Represented by attorney Lincoln Bandlow at Spillane Shaeffer, McCain has filed two 20-page motions. Read more

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By Spiritgirl, November 21, 2008 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

Boy, and this from the man that ran for the highest office in this country!  This is just another reason that reminds people that repubs are small minded except when it comes to their own wishes!

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By purplewolf, November 21, 2008 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

This isn’t the only song that the McCain/Palin campaign used against the artist’s wishes and then tried to blow it off as totally allowable because it was used for political purposes. Just goes to show everyone that Repugs have no respect for anyone or anything.

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By nrobi, November 21, 2008 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

Mr. McCain, either was ill-advised in this campaign or he was the cause of the collapse of his campaign.
Either way, Mr. McCain, imploded during the run for the presidency.
His choice for VP was the most obscene pick imaginable and the way in which he ran his campaign, using surrogates to defame, slander and libel Sen.Obama were the height of arrogance and stupidity.
Furthermore, his choice of using an avowed liberal’s songs during his campaign was a complete mistake.
Jackson Browne, one of the most liberal people in the music industry, was enraged at the use of his songs by Mr. McCain.
Could Mr.McCain have chosen better songs and more appropriate surrogates to voice his platform? I believe so, did he do this, absolutely not, much to his chagrin.
Thankfully Mr. McCain, ran such an obscenity for a campaign that he imploded at just the right time, for in many ways Mr. McCain, beat himself in this election.
Thank You John McCain for running such a lousy and ill-advised campaign.

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By Catherine, November 21, 2008 at 6:09 am Link to this comment

McCain should have gotten better advice about a lot of things, including his vp pick.  Fortunately, McCain’s little gambling tactics didn’t work and now he’s the one running on empty.  Irony is absolutely lost on him, though.

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By leftyrite, November 21, 2008 at 5:51 am Link to this comment

I’d be interested to read Jackson Browne’s views.

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By aznemesis, November 21, 2008 at 4:23 am Link to this comment

All this over a song that really sucks.  McCain should have gotten better advice.

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