There is a movement afoot to convince John Mellencamp to run for Evan Bayh’s Senate seat. A “Draft John Mellencamp For Senate” Facebook page has sprung up. Mellencamp is liberal, and asked John McCain to stop using his music during the 2008 campaign.
He’s well-positioned to take advantage of the powerful but ill-defined populist atmosphere among voters. Both in the state and nationally, Mellencamp has generated a lot of goodwill with working people by virtue of his Farm Aid concerts, and he’s managed to retain working-class authenticity despite being a superstar.