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The Art Project Candidate

On her show, Rachel Maddow has made a pretty convincing case for Herman Cain’s entire presidential run being a piece of performance theater. You can watch the whole clip (15 minutes) here, but I think the first three minutes and the Pokemon rip-off almost seal the deal on their own.

It’s a fun game. Ask yourself how far you think a candidate could push a campaign towards absurdity, and still retain substantial American support. What if he quoted Pokemon lyrics and prefaced it with a “a great poet once said”? What if he pronounced Uzbekistan as “Uzebeki-beki-stan-stan”? What if he claimed to have come up with a tax structure based off of SimCity? Would people still follow him? Would the media still pretend he’s legit? If the answer to all of those hypotheticals was yes (which it clearly is), what could he do next?

What if he wore overalls on the campaign trail and called it an homage to the heartland?

What if I insisted on back-up dancers singing doo-wop during his stump speech?

What he proposed establishing a new denomination of dollar bill (the $25?) and putting Crispus Attucks’ face on it?

There must be a line somewhere, a point at which the public will snap out of the surface-level infatuation, but clearly we haven’t found it yet. I don’t really believe Maddow’s supposition is true, but oh how hilarious if it were. And sad, for all of us.

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Sunday Scraps 25

1. ART: Slate has a slide show of Alexa Meade’s “human canvases.” She paints on real live human beings to make them look like paintings of humans.  Take another look at that picture above; that is a real dude on a subway platform.

2. LIBRARY: One Canadian library is combating the decline in readership by loaning out “human experts.” Hmmmmm. From GOOD Magazine.

3. SLUT: Alida at The Frenemy very succinctly, and hilariously, explains why throwing around “slut” is bad for all women, not just the receiver of the “insult.”

4. YOGA: Yoga teacher Sarah explains to The Awl what is so annoying about yoga (onion smell, excessive hugging, show-offs, etc.) and also explains why you should do it.

5: BRAZIL: How did Brazil manage to crash it’s birth rate to lower than the United States’ so quickly? This National Geographic piece looks at the causes for the “playground slide” drop, including telenovelas!

6: REPUBLICAN 2012: Venn diagrams are fun. Especially when they come from Nate Silver and have Republican nominee candidates categorized by “electable,” “interested in running,” and “reliably conservative.”

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