Rock and Roll: A bipartisan push for 'Yes'
August 6th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
8 months ago

Rock and Roll: A bipartisan push for 'Yes'

(CNN) – Few things transcend traditional political boundaries quite like music. Now, a bipartisan group of political operators are putting their campaign expertise together, working towards the mutual goal of the progressive rock group "Yes" being named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

John Brabender was senior media strategist for Republican Rick Santorum's 2012 presidential campaign. Now, the chief creative officer at political consulting firm BrabenderCox is working with Tad Devine, an architect of Democrat John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid, along with other political operators on both sides of the spectrum, all in the name of getting the Hall of Fame to say "Yes."

"Their music is revered by many politicians. In fact, we were excited at how quickly the two political parties could put policy disputes aside for this common goal," Brabender said in a statement.

"Republicans and Democrats actually agree on something: that Yes is one of the most influential progressive rock bands ever – and ultimately ensure Yes gets rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

Numerous groups like Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam have cited Yes as influential on their music. Yes are known for hits like Roundabout, Fragile and I've Seen All Good People.

Operators are frequently at opposite ends of campaigns. But that "doesn't mean Democrats and Republicans don't have conversations about other things," BrabenderCox political strategist Hogan Gidley told CNN of the initial decision to pursue a bipartisan campaign for Yes.

"The more we talked to people, the more people were on board with the project."

According to Gidley, the Yes campaign will be run like a political operation, albeit one without the kind of opposition most operators are used to. Those involved with the campaign will be working on it out of pocket he said, "something to do," in the political off-season before the midterm Congressional campaign kicks off, he said.

It "fills a campaign void without being overly stressed."

"We are embarking on a national campaign to move numbers to Yes' favor," Devine said in a statement.

The campaign, called "Voices for Yes," will include a website, social media presence and a documentary. All are aimed at creating a grassroots momentum pushing for Yes' induction into the Hall of Fame.


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  1. I'm NOT a liberal

    They should be in there obviously.

    August 6, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. papanez

    Not before the Monkees are rightfully selected.

    August 6, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. DannyTelevision

    Their best song was "Jobs Bill" but it was unfinished when the band broke up.

    August 6, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. eaglesfanalways

    OK, I'm a Yes nerd...have been for 40 years...there was no song known as 'Fragile'. It was an album, and they absolutely deserve to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of fame.

    August 6, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  5. Ron L

    YES, belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were always considered to be in the same class as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. The release of the FRAGILE album was one of the most talked about and critically praised album that year. Unlike todays artist each YES album was a totally unique listening experience. The opening of CLOSE to the EDGE was so different from what all the other groups were doing you HAD to just say "WOW". Frankly I was a little stunned that RUSH was inducted before YES. This induction is overdue and hopefully they will be added to the list the next time around.

    August 6, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I think every member of the Motown studio bands in the 1960s should be in there.

    August 6, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  7. Steveo

    "Their music is revered by many politicians. In fact, we were excited at how quickly the two political parties could put policy disputes aside for this common goal," Brabender said in a statement
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    Our policians have time for this? Maybe now congressional bills need to be set to music and placed on a 8-track! Maybe music was the key all along! The left can call Jay-Z and the right can call Toby Keith!

    August 6, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. Warren

    I can think of better use of their time. Like JOBS...

    August 6, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Starship Trooper

    ABOUT.FREAKING.TIME. The ding dong elites who missed getting these legends into the Hall need to go back to some third shift FM station in the Midwest and spin their iPods through a set of Yes to atone for their sins.

    August 6, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Steveo wrote:

    Our policians have time for this? Maybe now congressional bills need to be set to music and placed on a 8-track! Maybe music was the key all along! The left can call Jay-Z and the right can call Toby Keith!
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    Yes, in fact they do have time for this because they do not hold elected office, nor work for someone who does.

    August 6, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  11. Data Driven

    I feel constrained to point out that the article says political operatives, not politicians, are spending time on this.

    Which, btw, is a better use of their time than what they usually do for a living.

    August 6, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. kirk

    How about yes to jobs? The rightwingnuts are right if Romney won we would have zero unemployment.as. matter of fact we would all have several jobs.and still not have any money.perfect plan. Oh and he and his kind should pay no taxes.you can with your two or three jobs

    August 6, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |