NASHUA, N.H. -- Much has been written about Donald Trump's pre-political rally playlist, which is heavy on classic rock, Broadway tunes and opera -- far different from most of his rivals.
But sometimes candidates can't control their warm-up songs. Like at a Rotary Club lunch Monday for Jeb Bush.
As Rotarians trickled into the Nashua Country Club, a pianist sat behind the keys and played the theme from PBS' Downton Abbey. Then, two Rotarians came over to sing along -- to Disney's "When You Wish Upon a Star," which is probably not the sort of message Bush's campaign would have liked to send a day before the New Hampshire primary, had his aides had any choice in the musical selection.
The instrumental repertoire got only more...aspirational.
There was "Over the Rainbow," from The Wizard of Oz ("Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue/And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true"). And "For Good," from the Wicked musical ("I'm limited/Just look at me"). And "Think of Me," from The Phantom of the Opera ("Think of me, think of me fondly/When we've said goodbye").
When Bush arrived, the pianist played the jazz standard "Misty" ("Look at me, I'm as helpless as a kitten up a tree"). Asked by a reporter if he would sing, the candidate said, "No!"
"I'm trying to save my voice," he explained.
But when the room stood to say the Pledge of Allegiance, and then sing "America, the Beautiful," Bush joined in.