Katrina & The Waves – Walkin’ On Sunshine

This 1985 tune earns about $1 million per year in royalties for the band. You’ve heard it in movies like High Fidelity, American Psycho and Daddy Day Care. And on TV shows like The Gilmore Girls and The Drew Carey Show. If a program needs to emphasize some good feelings, this song is the go-to choice.

You can appreciate politicians would try to latch on to this poppy infectiousness.

Republican Michele Bachmann represented Minnesota from 2007-2015, in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is known as a Tea Party supporter. When campaigning for President in 2012, the politician played this song.

Katrina and her Waves objected! Did Michele even ask?

The band had other catchy tunes, but fall into the one-hit wonder category. Too, Bachmann dropped out of the presidential race, but has the distinction of being Minnesota’s first female federal Congresswoman, at least for her party.

Still, Tom Petty was not a fan of Bachmann, either: American Girl.

Lil Wayne (Featuring Nicki Minaj) – Mercy

I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney /¬†You lazy b**ches is f***ing up the economy

…go the lyrics from a crude, explicit rap song of 2012.

The video link to the song is here, and not embedded as the default frame contains adult content.

The seeming rejection of President Barack Obama caused confusion for many. But it was widely reported that the line is a twist on rapper boasts more than an endorsement: if a rapper were to support Romney, then it might go like this…

Much ado about nothing?

Sheryl Crow – Put A Woman In The White House

In high heels, Sheryl Crow cites some characteristics that men have not been able to accomplish as President, including balancing the books, loving and listening. This was for the 2012 presidential election, even though a woman was not on the ballot. The female attributes the song lists as credentials include stereotypes related even to high school home economic classes. But the song is also meant to be humorous, not a feminist anthem. And it raises the important issue of female under representation not just in executive positions such as the presidency, but in the legislatures, too.