Michele Bachmann Is Not the American Girl Tom Petty Was Thinking Of

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 09: Singer Tom Petty arrives at the 11th Annual Golden Heart Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on May 9, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images) Photo: Angela Weiss/2011 Getty Images

The singer has asked the Republican presidential candidate — who possibly only listened to the part of the song that's about being female and American — to stop using it in her campaign. Politico serves up a nice bit of spin for the Bachmann campaign ("It would be another way in which a GOP candidate could compare themselves to Ronald Reagan, who Bruce Springsteen called out for using "Born in the USA" as a campaign song"). But there's a more recent, less successful Republican who got into hot water for his soundtrack: the John McCain campaign was asked to back off by a whole host of artists, including the Foo Fighters, Van Halen, and Frankie Valli — when the guy from the Four Seasons is too cool for you, maybe it's time to worry.

Tom Petty wants Bachmann to lay off 'American Girl' [Politico]
GOP gets no love from musicians [Politico]