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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Surprising Pocket of McCain/Palin Support Discovered…

posted by on October 29 at 15:33 PM

…in Ballard. First, this is in the window of Elephant Gerald:


This sign could be read as a slam on McCain/Palin. On the other hand, it could be an attempt to appeal to Ballard hipsters with some of that self-deprecating humor the kids go for these days. And you’ll never guess what the password is to get on WiFi up the street at Miro Tea. Palin. The nice woman behind the counter assured me that they’re not Palin fans, not at all, and that the password is meant as a joke. She tells me they needed a five-letter password and they figured, hey, why the fuck not? Why not Palin? (Which is pretty much how John McCain figured things.) But she would say that, seeing as I was standing there wearing an Obama button.

And wearing an Obama button in Seattle? That’s a waste of time, per me, seeing as Obama’s got Washington state locked up; I should probably be wearing a Yes on I-1000 or Gregoire button if I want to make a difference. Or, if I wanna wear an Obama button, I should go wear it in a swing state like Colorado or Florida or North Carolina.

But maybe it’s not a waste of time. Maybe Obama needs a little help here in Ballard. I mean, Miro Tea needed a password with five letters… and they chose Palin… and not… Obama. Or Biden. Or the traditional Jewish spelling of Obama’s first name—Barak—which also has five letters.

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No, it's a waste of time. McCain's been reduced to robocalling his home state!

Posted by Mike in Renton | October 29, 2008 3:37 PM

Dingbat. Isn't that what Archie used to call Edith? I guess there are Bunkers living in and around Seattle who wouldn't have the fairness to vote McCain.

That's ok, I'll be getting all the Fed revenue to myself...

Posted by John Bailo | October 29, 2008 3:40 PM

I like the Norwegian flag underneath!

Posted by Jake | October 29, 2008 3:41 PM

I like the bumpersticker seen recently in LA of the same format that read "Unstable * Unable"

Posted by Brad | October 29, 2008 3:51 PM

@3, the flag is just a facade, this shop is New Ballard to the core.

Posted by joykiller | October 29, 2008 3:55 PM

I have a pin from my husband's union:


Individuals promoting any political veiw doesn't makes a bit of difference, but being a visible supporter is always a good thing.

I like the Geezer/Dingbat sign. It counter-balances the "SOCIALISM" with the Obama "O" stickers I've seen pasted around downtown.

Posted by tabletop_joe | October 29, 2008 4:00 PM

For the five letter password: cinco

If they were going to use Barak it might as well be karaB

You have to admit though that Palin would not be anyone's first guess for a password in this town.

Posted by kinaidos | October 29, 2008 4:14 PM

Dan, what the hell is up with you talking all this "Obama's got Washington state locked up" nonsense?

Dude. Nothing is a done deal until it's a done deal. Are you just being sarcastic? Are you using some sort of Savage reverse psychology? If so, I must have missed that email.

Yeah, Obama is looking real strong here in the Evergreen State. So, what, everyone just stops now? No need to bother voting, Obama's got this shit on lock!

Dems in our state need every fucking vote they can get. Especially Gregoire.

Posted by kerri harrop | October 29, 2008 4:20 PM


You've been hitting on something that irks me a bit about the self congratulatory nature of living in politically homogeneous places.

For the most part, while living in America, I've lived in places where I didn't agree politically with the majority - San Antonio, Texas and Douglas County (Tom Tancredo's district), Colorado. As a matter of survival, I've had to develop strong arguments and cause a bit of trouble. I feel I'm a stronger liberal, feminist, gay rights supporter for my time living in the red.

Now, I'm not telling everyone here they should go move to Texas. Hell, I moved here didn't I? Be happy that you are living in a progressive area, and put your liberal passion to good use! Volunteer for another cause; call your friends and family living in swing states and tell them why everyone here is voting for Obama; write to those you know in California to vote against Prop 8.

Oh, and dude waving a GOP flag downtown? That takes guts, but it is a waste of time. If you and downtown Obama flag girl really care about politics, spend your time more constructively.


Don't worry, I hung onto my CO residency to help my former state go blue.

Posted by stacey | October 29, 2008 4:25 PM

I saw a McCain/Palin button in Hillside Quickie Cafe yesterday, but I think it was a joke.

Posted by kebabs | October 29, 2008 4:48 PM

@9: carpetbagging bitch.

Posted by joykiller | October 29, 2008 5:31 PM

elephant's gerald has been there at the very least four years (as long as I've worked across the street)and isn't what i'd call new ballard considering that king's, the loft, ballard landmark, and about 16 boutiques are younger than it. i'm sure the sign is a joke. miro's new but pretty innocuous and certainly not a righty-meeting place or anything. you're just being silly, right?

Posted by erin | October 29, 2008 5:57 PM

I LOVE that- where do I get me one of those???? It pretty much sums it up, imo.

Posted by Carol | October 29, 2008 6:06 PM

Wow, four years. It's practically an institution.

Posted by joykiller | October 29, 2008 7:16 PM

You can buy those signs at Cafepress: but you'll have to pay more to ship them for election day.

Posted by Kat | October 30, 2008 11:15 AM

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