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Bruce Springsteen Sways to the Left
October 8, 2007

By James L. Hirsen, J.D., Ph.D.
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Gone are the days of the arm-swinging “Dancing in the Dark” and foot stomping “Hungry Heart.”

Instead it looks like Bruce Springsteen has caught the Babs bug.

Or maybe he’s been listening in his sleep to Beyonce’s latest, because he’s definitely drifted way to the left.

Although Springsteen did help campaign for Democratic candidate John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election, endorsing a candidate for the first time, his music and musings are now reflecting the views of far-Left Hollywood and the candidate controlling

Former Rolling Stone critic and current Springsteen manager Jon Landau is trying to convince the press that the artist's new album, “Magic,” is not political. But the “Gypsy Biker” song has lyrics that suggest otherwise.

Take a look:

The speculators made their money,

On the blood you [a U.S. soldier] shed,

The profiteers on Jane Street [upscale area in Manhattan],

Sold your shoes and clothes.

In addition, Springsteen sat for a spell with “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley to, among other things, wax geopolitically.

The Boss focused on issues that have been stressed by far-Left Web sites like MoveOn and Daily Kos including CIA interrogation techniques, the domestic surveillance program and detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo, placing the issues in the “anti-American” category.

“I think we've seen things happen over the past six years that I don't think anybody ever thought they'd ever see in the United States,” Springsteen said.

“When people think of the Unites States' identity, they don't think of torture. They don't think of illegal wiretapping. They don't think of voter suppression. They don't think of no habeas corpus.”

Actually, he’s right. They don’t think of those things.

When people think of the United States’ identity, they think of a country where kids of working class parents grow up to become rich rock stars.

On another Hollywood Nation note, lib political pundits having been breathlessly awaiting actor-activist Brad Pitt’s announcement of his choice for leader of the free world.

Would it be Hollywood fave Barack-star Obama, socialist sweetie-pie Hillary Clinton or Internet idol Ron Paul?

Pitt recently revealed who he’d like to see running the country — fellow Oscar-chaser George Clooney.

The “Assassination of Jesse James” lead urged the “Michael Clayton” star to seek the White House, according to Parade Magazine.

“George should do it! He’d be quite good,” Pitt told Parade.

For second choice, Pitt picked Ben Affleck.

What about Pitt going after the job himself?

“I never thought about it,” Pitt said. “I have no desire at this point. Maybe I serve better by not going through that door.”

Note the “at this point” wiggle words. Looks like Pitt is a politician after all.

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