By this time, almost everyone has seen this video of John McCain. Moveon.org is even using it in a political ad. Why then, am I posting it here? Not because I think posting it will convince anyone that McCain is too intemperate to be President.
No, as reprehensible as the “bomb, bomb Iran” joke is, what I find annoying is McCain’s ignorance about the original song. He gave credit for Barbara Ann to the Beach Boys when any self- respecting old guy who grew up in the ’60s knows that the Beach Boys recorded a cover of the original classic by The Regents.
The song was written by Fred Fassert, lead singer of The Regents, in honor of his baby sister, Barbara Ann. Some may excuse McCain for this error, assuming that he was a prisoner of war during the time period. But The Regents had a hit with Barbara Ann in 1961 and the Beach Boys covered it in 1965. McCain was not taken prisoner until 1967.
As a result of this gaffe, McCain has lost all credibility with me.
By the way, in case you were curious, The Regents of Barbara Ann fame are not the same Regents who hailed from Tacoma and who were part of the Pacific Northwest rock and roll bands that included Idaho’s Paul Revere and the Raiders.