Yesterday afternoon Politico party girl reporter Anne Schroeder Mullins noted that “when Barack Obama and Joe Biden made their big appearance Saturday, Biden walked out to Bruce Springsteen‘s The Rising. It seems that will — or already has — become the new Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow. And it strikes the right working-class notes.”
For me there’s only one Rising/Springsteen song, only one anthem that seems to really know something true and fundamental about the American working-class, or at least about the soul and melancholia it seemed to have for that brief period after 9.11 — Nothing Man. No campaign would have the character to use it as a theme song, but it’s such a beauty, such a keeper.