While in Colorado, I missed ten days of door knocking, so there was a pile of lit to sift. One piece in particular caught my eye.
The rhetoric was standard-issue GOP: "It's YOUR tax money... It's YOUR life... It's YOUR right to vote on marriage." And of course, the inclusive clincher: "So why should YOUR LIFE be a political football?"
Right. Instead, use my gay neighbor's lives for field goal practice. Afterall, they don't pay taxes or have a life of their own. I wonder if they got to talk with the candidate?
And then I noticed the guy with the PhotoShopped hairline:
The blur tool was apparently turned loose on the background, as well. And why not, since the candidate himself specializes in producing right wing iconography.
Yes, Derek Brigham, the self-appointed Minister of Visual Propaganda for the Minnesota Organization of Blogs, is the closest thing the MOB has to a Tild, which is to say, not close at all. He also blogs, as "Chief" at Freedom Dogs.
I am not a fan of the man's politics or his design, but the fact that he actually publishes unvarnished opinions in a forum where voters could find them indicates a certain amount of, um, self-confidence.
Think about it. How many bloggers do you know who are fit to run for office, let alone serve? I know of a couple, but they post anonymously. As for actual candidate/bloggers, the ranks are thin. David Bly, a candidate for the House in district 25B, has been blogging since August 2003. Jay Pond, Green Party candidate for Congress in the 5th, could probably pull it off, but doesn't even have a campaign blog. And most campaign blogs, let's face it, are not the work of candidates.
On the other hand, imagine what campaigns would be like if candidates were required to blog steadily for two years before running.
- Most would fold under the pressure of regular posting.
- Some would be revealed as sociopaths.
- Many would bore the electorate with their narrowness and lack of intellectual heft.
- Minnesota Monitor would discover several paying others to blog for them or posting borrowed material without attribution.
- And when someone asks, why don't you run?, you can say, have you read my blog?
- Best of all, unpaid parking tickets will cease to be a measure of character. Attack sites and schmearmeisters like the Exposer would implode — because either the hopefuls would expose themselves or there would simply be too much material to ridicule.
It appears that Brigham is the creative sensibility behind this GOP lineup, which exhibits a certain brand consistency... or at least a shared wedgie for inspiration.
Like most lawn signs this fall, these exhibit the strategy of confusing viewers about party affiliation. And have you ever seen more blue Republican signs?
Why are Sarah Durenberger and Gregg Prest "red" while all the other candidates in the GOP yard are "blue"? Perhaps because their incumbent opponents, Sandra Peterson and Lyndon Carlson are already blue — although Amy Klobuchar's blue didn't push Kennedy into the red column.
He doesn't follow the party line, remember.