This Land Is O'Malley's Land

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

The viral whizzes at IJReview, who brought us Lindsey Graham smashing a phone and Ted Cruz frying bacon on an assault rifle, have their newest hit: Martin O’Malley showing you can make an honest buck on Wall Street, if only by busking with “This Land Is Your Land.”

O’Malley—whose Celtic rock band is perhaps his most-remarked-upon characteristic—only made $1.74 for his hour of work, way below minimum wage, much less living wage. But the former Maryland governor, who’s running a very progressive (if not especially popular) campaign, appears in the clip to skip over Woody Guthrie’s most wonderfully subversive verse in the song:

As I went walking I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No Trespassing."
But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
That side was made for you and me.