Colbertââ?¬â?¢s a fan of ââ?¬Å?Gail for Railââ?¬Â jingle



The election may be over, but the hits keep on coming in the Virginia senate race. On the November 14 episode of his Colbert Report, Comedy Central's fake conservative commentator Stephen Colbert offered his thoughts on why Senator George Allen lost to Senator-elect Jim Webb– whom Colbert called "a friend of the show, enemy of America." His conclusion? It's all the fault of Independent Green Party candidate Glenda "Gail for Rail" Parker and her catchy jingle!

As first reported by the Hook , Parker threw some last minute support to Webb right around the same time her jug band-tinged 30-second ad hit Virginia's radio airwaves. Colbert devoted a whole segment to Parker and her song. He berated Allen for not backing Parker's light rail proposal, yelling at an image of the senator, "Really, George? Control of the Senate wasn't important enough to lay down a couple of stupid rails?" After lipsyncing along with Parker's jingle, complete with superimposed lyrics and bouncing ball, Colbert also made a point of chiding Parker for not using a song that featured her real first name. "There's plenty of things that rhyme with Glenda!" he said, before singing, "Let's vote for Glenda... she's not named Brenda!" Colbert then ended the segment by leading his studio audience in a rousing reprise of the snappy tune.

In case you missed it during the campaign, or if you just can't get it out of your head, click the player below to hear the "Gail for Rail" jingle.

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4 comments

That is the greatest campaign song in the history of American politics. Viva la Gail!!!

This is almost stolen from the famous Valleydale TV spots.
The music goes zoom zoom, the drummer goes boom boom, and every-bod-y shouts Hooray for Valleydale.

As songwriter, producer, arranger and singer of the "Gail For Rail" jingle, I am MOST flattered by the attention. PLease send me a lot of money, if possible. -John "Cog" Coggeshall

With all this fuss over the song, I'm sure glad that campaign jingles can't get anyone elected!