1. Here come the heLOLcopters
2. His TEETH are darker than his skin. That is not a good thing.
3. What pedestrian said. Use Two Codgers, One Colostomy Bag.
4. Seriously, dude is fugly. The ReThugs will be forced to go on about the Democratic Pretty Boy which will just call attention to the fact that yes, he is and McCain makes small children cry and wet their pants.
I thought McCain gave an excellent speech last night, highlighting just how wrong it is that the Democrat Party has become invested with misogynistic Obots who have sought to squash the democratic process at every turn. He showed that he is a man of great character, and one who will come to rely on our votes- those who have been disenfranchised during the primary process by Obama and his Beltway cartel. Clearly McCain understands and honors the beating hart of the Democrat soul, that historic and vibrant combination of Reagan Democrats and the hard-working Americans of Appalachia. Only by respecting these voting groups can one win the election. McCain understands this. Sadly, Obama does not, and it’s at his peril.
CAMPAIGN 2006: Gubernatorial Race
Schwarzenegger adjusts image, message to voters
Governor offers praise for Democrats, repaints patriotic-colored bus green
Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
Friday, June 9, 2006
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In the world of advertising, which is as cutthroat as politics, the effort under way for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is called “rebranding” — the sometimes-elusive effort to revive and reposition a familiar product so it will sell, sell, sell to new consumers.
In California’s political world, no single brand name comes as close to being recognized as “Schwarzenegger.” This week, from the bingo-parlor/VFW Post 435 in Antioch to the Little League field in Auburn to the famous Samoa Cookhouse near Eureka, Californians are seeing the new, improved and thoroughly rebranded Schwarzenegger on display.
The desperate and negative feel of last year’s disastrous special election campaign has been jettisoned — along with the distance from people, protesters and journalists.
Also retooled is the California governor’s right-tilted partisan GOP identity: In the course of an hour’s stopover, Schwarzenegger not only lavishly praised Democrats for working with him in Sacramento, but also said when it comes to campaign help from the White House, it’s practically thanks, but no thanks, President Bush.
“I don’t need anyone to campaign with me,” Schwarzenegger said. “This is all between me and the people of California.”
Republicans seem to like what they see, especially when they think of their man coming up against Democratic nominee Phil Angelides, the state treasurer.
“It’s low tax, high charisma against high tax, low charisma,” crowed Tom Del Beccaro, head of the state GOP chairmen’s association of the coming campaign between Schwarzenegger and Angelides.
They also liked the new themes, the new colors, the new upbeat language — including the new, streamlined campaign logo: simply “Schwarzenegger,” in 3-foot letters on his green campaign bus, adorned with panoramic scenes of the state.
“They’re letting Arnold be Arnold — and that is something,” said Duf Sundheim, the California Republican Party chairman who traveled this week with the governor on his campaign bus. “He’s loving it, and the people are loving it.”
Schwarzenegger’s poll numbers dived throughout last year’s unpopular special election campaign but have rebounded in the first six months of this year as the governor focused on bipartisan issues such as improving transportation and strengthening levees against earthquakes and other potential disasters.
Sundheim credits the new campaign team — headed by former White House insiders Steve Schmidt and Matthew Dowd — for “doing an amazing job enabling the people of California to see who this guy really is.”
Bob Mullholland, the chief strategist for Democratic candidate Angelides, said voters will see through the “Hollywood smoke and mirrors. They can repackage him all they want. You know, if a fish smells, you can’t repackage it.”
He argues that voters are seeing another political reincarnation, “the fourth or fifth attempt — and it hasn’t worked so far. I mean, how many makeup artists will Schwarzenegger have before he realizes — most Californians don’t like him as governor?”
But Dowd, the governor’s strategist, said the effort is not about reinventing — but about being true to the candidate.
“It’s not a rebranding. It’s just we’re in an election year; we’re past what happened last year,” he said. “When you do campaigns, you want to make campaigns authentic to the person … and I think there was probably a time that seemed not natural last year.”
Among the imagery and details of the California governor’s pitch to voters:
– The theme: “Protecting the California Dream,” chosen because it communicates “who he is: It’s the dream of an immigrant … the dream of anybody in California to have a job, to be educated,” Dowd said. “And … protecting the good life here. We have it, we can’t assume it will always be there. It goes to his strength.”
– The colors: Gone are the patriotic red, white and blue of the last campaign, “Join Arnold!” An early decision for hard-core red as the dominant tone was nixed in favor of a color that’s striking and standout: green, a color associated with the outdoors, the environment, something fresh and friendly. Comfort and coincidence? It’s also the same color scheme as the flag of his home state of Styria, Austria.
– The venues: Meticulously created photo opportunities, each telling a story. Take the VFW hall in Antioch on Thursday — where a huge lighted bingo board was positioned on the wall as a backdrop for the candidate and the 11 TV cameras and dozen still photographers shooting away. The location said, “This is a place you all know, a place where people really live, work and play.”
– The candidate’s message: “Promises made, promises kept” and “moving the state forward” were phrases repeated religiously. Schwarzenegger also dismissed Angelides’ policies as passe: “I don’t believe in (a) recipe and prescription that have failed. Those are some recipes from 2 1/2 years ago that did this state in.”
– The crowds: The Arnold people are still calling them “town hall meetings,” suggesting they are open to the world. Maybe — but locations and invitations are still closely guarded. Devi Lanphere, president of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, said the guest list for Thursday’s event was the responsibility of a local GOP Assembly candidate, Arnie Simonsen, with help from the chamber.
“We kept it kind of quiet. … It was very difficult to keep the secret,” she said.
You know, the problem is that an image like that could actually work in favor of McCain in a viral way. It lends him a kind of virility. Ya gotta watch that subtext. Maybe propping him up next to some pics from Gitmo would be better.
Watch it – those 2 nice folks in the background might sue you for defamation of character.
Wow … it really DOES look like the GOP dragged their hooks along the bottom of a lake to get this guy.
My preference would be “Night Of The Living Dead” as a backdrop.
Vote Zombie in 2008: BRAAAAIIIINNNSSSSS!
FWIW, I revised the Photoshopped image of McCain squeezing a turd from his mouth by adding the tongue and teeth, as well as showing a break in the turd (due to its large size). I suppose I could also add a brown smudge, caused by the falling half of the turd as it hits his necktie, but then again, I could spend all day doing this and still leave plenty of needed tweaks.
I finally managed to block McCain out enough to get a better look at that background and, unless that woman has a spine designed by Chris Muir, that guy’s poking her in the belly button. No wonder she looks so uncomfortable.
Old Dennis drifts into the old, all white men are harrassed, thats why they are marrying Thais/Filipinnos/etc/etc. Thats the problem with feminism, Dennis is pissed at his wife asking him to pick up his dirty socks once in a while, unlike some Thai babe, who’ll pick up his socks and spunky underware every da, for the rest of his life…
And third, “Latina and Asian American girls reported less sexual harassment than the other girls who participated in the study.” One wonders whether this is one reason increasing numbers of American men seek Latina and Asian American women for marriage. Women who have been less influenced by feminism probably appreciate men more.
I’ve heard of putting staples into your stomach to make you thinner, but who knew you could get such an extreme effect by taking them out! (and yes I appreciate that Maxim Mexico is probably bound with some sort of illegal immigrant agave glue and not staples)
The caption is hilarious. Seriously, is anything more beautiful than “semiotic blancmange of post-structural teakettle barbecue hatstand fishmonger”?