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Another political music, and tax, battle

Chuck DeVore, a California state assemblyman representing Orange County, is trying to unseat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.

As part of the effort, his campaign created a YouTube video entitled "All She Wants to Do Is Tax" to highlight DeVore's complaints about Boxer's policy positions.

As Eagles' fans have already surmised, Devore's staff set their political message to a hit song by one of the band's original members,  "All She Wants to Do is Dance."

And as campaign watchers who've seen songwriters take umbrage at the use of their compositions by candidates (for example, Heart's "Barracuda" played by McCain-Palin '08) have already surmised, Eagles' founder Don Henley is not happy.

Henley has sued DeVore in federal district court in California.

Because of the lawsuit, we no longer can watch the DeVore tax/dance version. His campaign offers their side of the issue on his campaign Web site.

Call me a cynic, but I suspect this is all going according to the conservative assemblyman's campaign plan. His staff had to know this would happen, given other recent musical/political  collisions and Henley's well known personal politics

Even without the video in play, they are enjoying the opportunity to bandy about the term "liberal" in response to Henley's lawsuit. Ain't politics grand?

If you don't care about the California Senate seat, but just want to enjoy Henley's version of his song, check out the video below, or here if it doesn't show up in your browser or RSS reader.


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Thanks for pointing that out. I've made the change in the post.

Lamar Arnold

"All She Wants To Do Is Dance" is not an Eagles song. It was on Don Henley's solo album "Building the Perfect Beast"

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