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Monday, October 13, 2008

A Billboard Too Far

posted by on October 13 at 15:00 PM

Also serving as the reductio ad absurdum of the McCain campaign’s arguments from last week, and currently on view in West Plains, Missouri:


Via Ben Smith.

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Posted by sogoth | October 13, 2008 3:12 PM

Fuck this

Posted by JJ | October 13, 2008 3:12 PM

Were it not for his middle name they might as well have given him giant red lips and stuck a watermelon in his hand.

Posted by The CHZA | October 13, 2008 3:12 PM

"Misused" quotation marks are where I draw the line. Enough, McCain!

Posted by elenchos | October 13, 2008 3:13 PM

I'd like to follow this idiots logic on "More Abortions". Okay, we know the tax one applies only to the very rich, and that same sex "Unions" with all the rights of marriage are likely to be permitted. [and I like the whole more same sex marriage screwed up syntax] Democrats are always for more gun control, so there is a tiny bit of truth in there, too.

But how in Hell can Barack Obama cause there to me more abortions? Is he going to drag pregnant women in off the street and force them? Insist that kids have sex? [the sex they are already having and have always had?] Really, what is his rationalization for such a stupid remark?

Posted by Schweighsr | October 13, 2008 3:35 PM

I think he means that women will spontaneously abort when obama becomes president.

Posted by steves | October 13, 2008 3:36 PM

are they suggesting that hussein is a nickname? because you don't have to put quotation marks around someone's actual name. the turban on the other hand really ought to have some quotation marks around it.

Posted by douglas | October 13, 2008 3:39 PM

I can't wait for Obama to win, if for no other reason than to watch people's heads explode in rural Missouri.


Posted by Reverse Polarity | October 13, 2008 3:45 PM

y'know, other than the obvious race baiting this billboard isn't so bad, it says that under obama there will be more of the following:
1) women's rights
2) equality
3) responsible government
4) sanity

this might just be a misguided pro-obama advertisement.

Posted by douglas | October 13, 2008 3:45 PM

You do have to admire the clarity of the message though.

Speaking of signs--took a country drive on Sunday through rural Lewis and Thurston counties--towns like Bucoda, Ranier, and Yelm. I didn't see a single McCain sign in anyone's yard. Plenty of Rossi, surprisingly, lots of Obama, but the only McCain sign was in a big cluster by I-5.

If McCain can't get love in Hawk's Prairie, his campaign is FUCKED!

Posted by Westside Forever | October 13, 2008 3:48 PM

Over the weekend, I was hanging out with some folks, and talk turned to politics. Someone asked me whom I am voting for, and I stated "Duh, as if there is any question, Obama". However a white girl from Mill Creek immediately blurted out "We CANT have a black person as president!" AND she was serious. I was dumbfounded, and after 10 minutes of verbally destroying her statement, I shut my hole as I realized it wasn't getting through. There is a sinister kind of racism that masquerades as "pride" to be white... scary stuff.

Posted by Raven | October 13, 2008 4:08 PM

@10: Did you make it far enough to see the crazy Uncle Sam billboard? That guy's like the old-school Bailo, but with snappier commentary.

Posted by Jessica | October 13, 2008 4:09 PM

Racist morons get a lot of mileage out of Obama's middle name. This election season can't end fast enough for me!

Posted by Scott in Chi-town | October 13, 2008 4:10 PM

How do you suppose these kooks rationalize the charge that Obama is a secret Muslim with this charge that he's going to impose all of these things which are deeply antithetical to radical Muslims? Osama bin Laden's positions on abortion, same-sex anything, taxes and gun regulation much more closely resembles those of right-wingers than they do those of Chicago lefties. Seems like they've got their bogeymen mixed up.

Posted by Fnarf | October 13, 2008 4:17 PM

You stay classy, Missouri.

Posted by Greg | October 13, 2008 4:23 PM

I may live in one of Missouri's liberal areas (yes, there are some) but it's shit like this that makes me embarassed to admit I'm from Missouri at all.

Posted by Brent | October 13, 2008 4:39 PM

Well, that just makes me want to vote for Barry that much more.

I'm all for all those things! Yes, even taxes.

Posted by monkey | October 13, 2008 4:45 PM

I have an aunt that I adore. Growing up, she was the "liberal" in our very staid, FDR worshiping, Democratic family. (She had Beattles albums and watched "Maude")

Then her brilliant and charming professor husband died, leaving her all kinds of money, and she inexplicably took up with a dittohead who (really) lived with his mother and dealt in "collectible firearms" while waiting for mummy to die (Mummy was rich. He never had a real job, so he had a thing for women with money.)

Most of the time she shuts him up when he talks crazy. But she recently told my mom that the blacks in Baltimore (where she lives) are "acting funny" and will either riot if Obama loses, or "take over" if he wins.

Mother Vel-DuRay, as her older sister, is appalled, and thinks the dittohead has finally gotten to her. I'm afraid to call her, as I think I'll end up telling her off, and I don't want to go there.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | October 13, 2008 4:49 PM

The graphic is repulsive. Just like this one.

The text is true, though, isn't it? Doesn't Obama want to make guns harder to get? To increase the government's share of GDP? To have more same sex marriages? One could quible about the abortion statement, but there is certainly a sense -- rather important to the left -- in which Obama does support more abortion.

Posted by David Wright | October 13, 2008 5:04 PM

Like @17, I'm in favor of all of these things. I'll go so far as to add turbans. I love a good turban.

Posted by Zephyr | October 13, 2008 5:11 PM

@19, that'd be "quibble," M. Right.

Posted by PC | October 13, 2008 5:59 PM

The "" around Hussein actually make it more offensive as it implies that Hussein is not his middle name but a nickname or given name, rather then his legal name. I think the "" are almost as bad as the picture.

Posted by bubbles | October 13, 2008 6:02 PM

I certainly hope Obama hires a good staff to figure out the vote total Congressional District by Congressional District, and then proceed to anti-earmark and completely cut off from all discretionary federal funding whatsoever every district that didn't support him. We really need to send Red America back into the dust bowl they have been craving ever since the socialist New Deal.

Posted by wow | October 13, 2008 6:03 PM

Swan song of the morons.

Posted by JME | October 13, 2008 6:15 PM

My first college roommate was from a town just down the road from West Plains. The only element of this billboard that I find surprising is the artistic quality of Obama's caricature.

Posted by hohoho green giant | October 13, 2008 6:17 PM

@19, I think you're confused. It's the Republicans who want to take more of GDP for the government. Witness Bush's unprecedented expansion of government programs (and not just in the past few weeks, either), and McCain's many promises to spend, spend, spend and cut taxes, trebling the deficit. One of the candidates in this election is advocating fiscal sanity, and it's not John McCain.

Ditto every election since 1980 -- Republicans are the deficit and free-spending party. Democrats are the moderate and responsible ones.

Posted by Fnarf | October 13, 2008 7:17 PM

Dumb ass hicks be fuckin shit up

Posted by Shizawn | October 13, 2008 8:32 PM

Fnarf @ 26: I made no claim as to which candidate was more fiscally responsible. I didn't even compare the candiates. I simply asserted the same truth that the billboard does: that Obama favors the government taking a larger share of GDP than it does now.

Posted by David Wright | October 13, 2008 10:26 PM

#10: I drove to Chelan last weekend and noticed the same thing you did! I was watching for which signs people had in their yards- again lots of Rossi and was so interesting!

I was pleasantly surprised and proud that our lovely little towns of Washington were supporting Obama. :)

Posted by Blush Photo | October 13, 2008 11:47 PM

At this point even I am praying for the Rapture so that all the right-wing, racist conservatives might ascend and leave the rest of us in peace.

Posted by doctiloquus | October 14, 2008 12:35 AM

Is it possible to be ignorant squared? Missouri is proof it is. Slave states are still slave states...slaves to stupidity.

Posted by Vince | October 14, 2008 7:06 AM

I used to live on a commune outside of West Plains (we drove to the town for groceries and the like), so I can confirm that it's a gigantic shithole. Seriously, there is no good reason to go to southern Missouri.

St. Louis has free museums/zoo/botanical garden, at least. Other than that it's one of the best examples of how urban blight/white flight can destroy a once-prosperous city.

Posted by Lauren | October 14, 2008 1:56 PM

I don't see anything wrong with it...seems to speak to a lot of truths, actually.

I grew up in West Plains and have been in lots of places around the world since and there are PLENTY of reasons to live there as opposed to other areas. As for hicks..? Yeah, there are a few, but I prefer hicks to socialist intellectuals any day.

Posted by Harold | October 14, 2008 11:57 PM

I've been a southern Missouri resident all my life. I've traveled much of the world and every state except Alaska. I wouldn't trade my life in south Missouri for anywhere I've been. I love it here. The billboard with Obama is a caricature. Nothing more. The message is, however, true.

Posted by Ray | October 15, 2008 1:33 PM

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