Pachyderm alert!

October 05, 2007 by barbara

barbara writes

The Republicans have outdone themselves!

First, they gave us Larry Craig. As the Twin Cities and the GOP held their collective breath(s), Craig announced Thursday that he will not leave the Senate, guilty plea notwithstanding. This is absolutely splendid news for Democrats and for the Minneapolis St. Paul (MSP) International Airport tourism people. MSP has built up a cottage industry linked to Craig’s little tap dance in the loo. And just so you know? I've not yet been able to confirm that Craig will be autographing squares of toilet paper at the Republican convention in St. Paul a year hence. Stand by.

Which brings me to Republican giftie number two. Behold: The Logo. Click here for a better look at this artistic gem.

The wags at Crooks and Liars had some pretty funny reactions to the logo. Check ‘em out. My personal favorites:

  • To me? It looks like a dead elephant that’s been thrown under the bus. See the tire tracks?
  • Is it me, or does that elephant have a wide stance?
  • The Republicans: Our tails are up our ASS in 2008!
  • The GOP is killing irony.
  • I think Dumbo looks stoned. Just saying.

Someone at Kos pointed out that apart from circus acts, the only time an elephant rises to its hind legs is to have sex. And apparently a starry eye is standard cartoon-speak for being knocked out. Thought you would appreciate this nuance update.

Meanwhile, the Republicans proudly announced that “the circular design features the silhouette of a triumphant elephant, a Party symbol dating back to 1874 . . . .

"Choosing our logo is another important milestone in planning the 2008 Republican National Convention," said convention President and Chief Executive Officer Maria Cino. "This design highlights the spirit of the Republican Party and it will adorn everything from the Xcel Energy Center to t-shirts and other souvenirs."

"By the time our convention is complete, this emblem - much like our Republican nominee and future President of the United States - will have been seen by millions around the world," RNC Co-Chairman and Convention Chairman Jo Ann Davidson said.

One can only hope.

And you thought I’ve been away, doing trivial things. Pfaw!

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Anonymous (not verified) | October 5, 2007 - 7:43pm

Am I the only one who is amazed at how the Republicans have kind of come apart at the seams all year? I thought they were supposed to have it all together. Stick to the message. Be loyal to each other like boy scouts. Let everyone see that its just one big happy family with George the big happy daddy. What happened?


paul miller (not verified) | October 6, 2007 - 12:11am

perhaps they could post the logo on the airport restroom in question so tourists can be sure they are at the right restroom - coffee mugs, I visited the Restroom / Republican Values t-shirts, lots of good marketing tie ins for convention time, love the logo by the way, can almost hear the elephant making its mating roar to match its wide stance


barbara aka babs (not verified) | October 6, 2007 - 3:18pm

Here's a thought. It's totally off the wall of the stall. What if . . . what if . . . the Republicans are letting all this crap run its course as a ploy for bringing forth a savior at the eleventh hour. Someone who would emerge, oh, next spring, maybe, who would be positioned as a grown-up with some degree of political acumen. I'm not articulating this very well, but it's something that has been brewing in the recesses of my little brain over the past few days. Anon's query about how the Reps could have fallen so far off the tracks fueled my paranoia. They're too smart to be this dumb. What's really going on?


Anonymous (not verified) | October 6, 2007 - 4:14pm

Dammit any way. Who have you been talking to?


barbara aka babs (not verified) | October 6, 2007 - 6:47pm

Well, see, there's the problem. David has been very ill recently, which means, by and large, I have been talking to . . . no one! So the conspiracy compartment of my tired little mind has been particularly active. Play along with me here! Because we all know that the apparent nothingness out of the GOP is not as it seems. The 'we all gonna die' thingie rings hollow. So what does it portend? We've got Freedom's Watch, a latter day smear-machine under the tutelage of Ari Fleischer. Minnesota is on their radar, and they're deploying their minions to wreak havoc here. What's their strategery about the presidency? I know, I know. Jeb Bush! Dynasty! Trifecta! Lord no. Not that. Who then? Who will save the world on behalf of the hapless Republicans? For that matter, who will save the world on behalf of the hapless Democrats?