I'm guessing Dom made that comment with tongue in cheek. But if not, I don't think that he meant it as an attack on any particular political party. I could be wrong, but I saw Bob Costas interview him years ago, and he said he didn't consider himself a Repub. or a Dem.
This is from a Washington Post article from December 2004:
"(Mellencamp is) A lifelong Democrat -- "I've always been a liberal. I grew up in the '60s. I like Jane Fonda," he says -- Mellencamp took part in the Vote for Change tour, the recent gathering of music-biz heavyweights hoping to retire George W. to Texas. The left-leaning collective of rock stars failed in its main objective, of course, primarily because so many of Mellencamp's fellow midwesterners opted for the status quo. Indiana was about 60 percent pro-Bush. Mellencamp says he was "disappointed" in the results. His new song "Walk Tall" ("The simple-minded and the uninformed can be easily led astray") says "disappointed" is an understatement."
Pink Houses is one of those songs that came out during Reagan's presidency that showed how it wasn't necessarily "morning in America" for many. Sure, it was the culmination of different administrations, but for many in middle America, Reagan's policies meant death to their way of life.
Listen to the Scarecrow
album and see the way Mellencamp skewered Reagan's farm policies.
Chili- I think you are referring to a few years back when Mellencamp said he didn't care who won between Bush and Gore because they were essentially the same- which was pretty much Ralph Nader's line.
After seeing the current administration in action, he quickly recanted his feelings about both guys being the same.