By Ken Tucker
Updated January 30, 2009 at 09:47 PM EST

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s half-time performance during the Super Bowl this Sunday has inspired a New York Times sports columnist to muse: “Who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and there will be at least one bold moment… when Springsteen goes rogue and rails against… offensive Wall Street bonuses… Go ahead, Bruce, make those corporate fat cats squirm on their sofas. It’s a one-time forum — make a lasting impression,” concludes Harvey Araton.

Hey, I am usually all for spontaneous, socially-provocative gestures in mass-culture settings, but this strikes me as one of the worst ideas possible.

Given the history of Super Bowl controversies (hi, Janet and Justin), any serious political comment Springsteen might offer would attract negative criticism from even some of his biggest fans, don’t you think? I mean, it’s not as though Springsteen has been a wallflower about expressing his views on the past few years’ social ills. It’s just that I think he’ll inspire a lot more good will for his future political statements if he and his band just play the hell out of a few of their hits, gives the cameras that big Boss smile, and jogs offstage.

Or am I wrong? Do you think Springsteen should use his live-TV time to let loose a political blast as well as a musical one?