Young And Sweet, Only 72

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As perhaps no other presidential candidate in history, Sen. John McCain has thrown down the gauntlet. Responding to a request from Blender magazine, McCain revealed that his favorite song is "Dancing Queen" by ABBA.

Wow! I would have been less surprised if McCain had announced he was going to kick off his fall campaign with a flag-burning tribute to Osama bin Laden.

OK, not quite. But close.

I mean, "Dancing Queen"?

This is on par with Vladimir Putin announcing he cries every time he watches "Sleepless in Seattle."

(In fact, Putin cried only the first time. The next time he invaded a country. I recently saw "Sleepless in Seattle," and you can say what you want about it being sappy and corny and a chick flick, but you have to admit one thing, it is one awful movie. It's probably John McCain's favorite.)

But I'm not kidding about the gauntlet part; because whatever your political views you have to admit: It takes a heck of man to announce in public that his favorite song is "Dancing Queen."

"You are the dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen,

"Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine."

Wow! I need WAY larger type and a boatload of exclamation points (!!!!!!) to express how amazed I am.

And his No. 3 favorite is also by ABBA, "Take a Chance on Me," which I assume will become his campaign song.

Wow again!

This must be a guy who is, as the pundits like to say, "comfortable in his own skin." (To which I've always thought, what choice do you have?)

If by some miracle you have not heard "Dancing Queen," do not -- I repeat -- DO NOT go online to find it. It will become stuck in your brain and you may never get it out without surgery.

(I once read a story about a man who had surgery to remove the song "Roundabout" by Yes from his brain. I have no idea if this is true, but I'm not going to check because it's a good story. So, yes, perhaps medical science has advanced to the point where it could remove "Dancing Queen" from inside your skull, but do you want to take the chance?)

My wife said, "I'm surprised he didn't try to pick something a little more hip."

I said, "Maybe he did."

It's also possible he consulted fellow "hepcat" former Sen. Bob Dole about what might sound like the "bee's knees" to the "younger generation."

"Hey, Bob, this magazine asked me to name my favorite song and I don't want to sound like some old fogey compared to you-know-who."

"You came to the right source, John-man. I got just the thing. It's a groovy tune called ‘Dancing Queen.' The kids will love it."

For his favorite song, Barack Obama picked "Ready or Not," by the Fugees.

Sorry, it just doesn't come off as gutsy as McCain's pick.

If Obama isn't careful he may soon be facing his "Waterloo."

"Mama mia!"

Write to Don Flood in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mails to dflood287@comcast.net.

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