August 31, 2008

Psst. Wanna buy a button, t-shirt, poster or sticker?

Here's my contribution. Probably coulda sold thousands yesterday. (or not)

Somehow "McCain/Palin" still makes you scratch your head. Not too zippy sounding. Might as well have been "McCain/Zuphengruber" or "McCain/Perkins". It still is firmly in the catagory of things that make you go "huh???".

The more I think about this pick, the more I'm convinced that, like Fred Thompson before him, McCain just isn't really sure he cares about this whole Presidency thing anymore.


At 8/31/2008 5:14 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

I already ordered my McCain-Palin gear and will proudly display it, too!

If Obama doesn't make it, will liberals still drive around with Obama bumperstickers the way they did with the fading "Kerry-Edwards" stickers? Or will they just add one more to their traveling exhibit of defeat?

As a button collector, I miss the good old days when campaigns GAVE buttons away to anybody who asked. I even remember when campaigns would send buttons and bumperstickers to you in the mail. Not anymore. In an age where all the money has to go into TV ads and slick pollsters, the campaign goodies aren't as plentiful unless you buy them yourself.

At 8/31/2008 7:44 PM, Anonymous nooncat said...

I disagree. I believe he's genuine about his run for the White House, even given his cynical and calculated/calculating choice for a running mate. It's the why of it that's a head scratcher.

Does he really feel called to the Presidency as his political vocation? Does he want to achieve the nation's highest office to serve the American public in the best way he can?

The answer, I'm certain, is in this excerpt from his memoir Worth Fighting For. Take a read and learn what truly motivates Sen. McCain in his chase for the Oval Office:

"I didn't decide to run for President to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be President because it had become my ambition to be President. I was sixty-two years old when I made the decision and I thought it was my one shot at the prize."

There it is. McCain unquestionably "cares about this whole Presidency thing." Just like those who fought in the U.S. civil rights movement in the '50s and '60s, the good Senator keeps his eyes on the prize.

At 8/31/2008 10:26 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

You can thank the fact that money has utterly and completely corrupted politics for not getting free buttons and stickers.

No responsible campaign is going to pass up any opportunity to bring in a little more cash any way they possibly can. They can't afford to in the age of billion dollar campaigns.

I truly wouldn't be surprised to someday see candidates charging to get in to campaign appearances. In fact, they have been for years, if you count fundraisers as campaign appearances.

And you're going to pay, and pay BIG if you expect to actualy have a chance to speak to the candidate, even for a few minutes, or get a picture with them at one of these events. But you know the game.

And Nico, I don't know if you're a gambling man, I do know I'm not. But I never pass up a gamble that's not a gamble.

I'd be willing to wager a considerable sum that you will NOT be crowing come November.

Are you in?

And yes, Dems will be proud to show their support of their candidates long after the election.


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