Now that Mitt Romney has swept Washington, D.C., Maryland and Wisconsin in the Republican primary, his opponents are likely to use the Passover-Easter weekend to strategize about where to go from here. And what’s a strategy session without music?
Here’s a list of eleven songs the candidates should consider for their playlists.
R.E.M.: “Begin the Begin”
ABC Political Director Amy Walter suggests this song for the Romney and Obama campaigns. It’s time, once again, to begin this general election.
Destiny’s Child: “Bills, Bills, Bills”
With the bills piling up – his last FEC filing showed his campaign $1.5 million in debt – Newt Gingrich should download this Destiny’s Child hit, and think about his financials.
Katy Perry: “Hot ‘N Cold”
ABC News’ Amy Bingham suggests this hit song for the Obama camp as it thinks about upcoming attacks on Romney. The words might be altered slightly, but you’ll likely hear a lot of this message:
“You’re hot then you’re cold, you’re yes then you’re no, you’re in then you’re out, you’re up then you’re down.”
Europe: “The Final Countdown”
ABC News’ Chris Good recommends this song for the Romney camp. No other explanation necessary.
Simple Minds: “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”
Rick Santorum has vowed to stay in this race at least until Pennsylvania’s primary in three weeks. He wants to remind the people in his home state, and the general electorate, that he’s not going anywhere.
Simon and Garfunkel: “The Sound of Silence”
Ron Paul is still in the race, but with only 51 delegates, and a string of third and fourth place finishes, without a single win to counter those finishes, his message is increasingly falling on deaf ears.
Biggie Smalls: “Mo Money Mo Problems”
ABCNews.com Political Editor Z. Byron Wolf recommended that the Romney campaign add this to its playlist. Romney’s wealthy background and his wealthy friends have been a blessing and a curse for him throughout the course of the primary season.
Bonnie Raitt: “I Can’t Make You Love Me”
ABCNews.com Senior Editor Sara Just put this classic song – more recently covered by Adele and Bon Iver – on the list for Santorum, Gingrich and Ron Paul.
Kenny Rogers: “The Gambler”
Sara Just also suggested this tune, which is particularly apt for the Santorum and Gingrich campaigns right now. “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.”
Baha Men: “Who Let the Dogs Out”
Courtesy of ABC News’ Matt Negrin, who points out that the Obama campaign and the Romney campaign should have this one on their lists. Democrats will inevitably bring up the infamous story of Romney’s dog, Seamus, in the coming months. Romney should be prepared for the references to the infamous trip Seamus took on the roof of the Romney family car.
The Go-Go’s: “Vacation”
This song is for all the candidates. Take a short break, rest, rejuvenate. It has been a long road and you’ve earned a vacation.