This post is from my good friend and colleague, Carlos Yu. He's a native Wisconsonian, an adopted Brooklynite, and completely brilliant. His occasional posts here (mostly lifted from another blog, Halfway Down the Danube, where he used to post) can be identified with the coffeecup logo.
I first saw this video in Belgrade, which should tell you how much in the loop I am, after visiting an exhibit of national historic
Do I think that, should the American experiment fail, people will adopt demented Uncle Sam, biker, and cheerleader outfits as markers of national identity?
Yes; next question. (The Yugoslav costumes had belts made of dinars. I've seen Navajo jewelry made from silver dollars and turquoise, but this was all about the bling.) Anyway. Noel called me on route to Florida informing me that there is, in fact, one demographic the Obama campaign has not fully reached in musical form, the headbanging sunburned Pabst Blue Ribbon drinker. Hell, enough of them are blood kin, so I'll just say it: the redneck.
PS: Southern rock as American turbofolk. Discuss.
PPS: Yes, it's possible to change the "KID ROCK" logo in the video to "BARACK". No, it's not worth the effort.