Matching GOP Presidential Candidates to Nirvana Songs

By Garance Franke-Ruta & Chris Good

Taking a cue from Jon Huntsman's crack during Monday's debate, here are the Kurt Cobain titles that best describe the field

Last night, former Utah governor Jon Huntsman made a crack about Mitt Romney's 2010 book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness, suggesting it bore some resemblance to Nirvana's song "All Apologies."

"You've got Governor Romney, who called [Social Security] a fraud in his book 'No Apology.' I don't know if that was written by Kurt Cobain or not," he quipped.

That got us thinking: What other Nirvana songs go with what other Republican presidential candidates? Here are some ideas:

  • Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney - with apologies to Huntsman, "All Apologies"
  • Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) - with her polling flat, "On a Plain"
  • Former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) - a true believer in the "Lake of Fire"
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry - mainly just for that hair: "Lounge Act"

Matt Yglesias has suggested that the Perry song should really be "Negative Creep," what with the controversy over his Gardasil policy and the song's refrain, "Daddys little girl ain't a girl no more."

And former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic pronounced on Twitter after the debate "OK - I'm now officially interested. #huntsman," adding: "I'll campaign for @JonHuntsman and if elected, he'll nominate me for Dept. Of Bass Tossers. I will go down in flames in Senate confirmation."

Which songs do you think go with which candidates? Leave your answers in the comments, below.

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