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Winds of Change

August 26, 2010

If you enjoy schadenfreude then politics is the thing to get interested in. The crazy ups and downs of public figures always have something to offer in that regard. This season, while there is a lot of genuinely bad news everywhere, at least conservatives can find something in the newspaper every day that will put a glee on their face.

Bad news for Democrats is abounding. After having run amok with legislative and executive power for the last two years, they have to realise that the electorate wasn’t faking it when they said that they don’t believe in the magical powers of the “stimulus” or in free health care.

Jake Tapper has an entire row of ads from Democrats standing for election this November which all explicitely try to distance themselves from the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda. But, as one commentor to the post is putting it, this may well be “too little, too late” and “See you in November!”. Didn’t I promise schadenfreude?

Always a good indicator for political winds is sales of t-shirts with political messages. By that measure, it’s not only tin-eared Democrats who wish that W were on the ballot again. Rather, not a few people on Martha’s Vineyard would even vote for him if he were:

“Last year, Obama gave you goose bumps, but I don’t think you’re going to see that this year,’’ said Alex McCluskey, co-owner of the Locker Room, who sold more than 4,000 “I vacationed with Obama’’ T-shirts last year. But so far this year, he said, his hot item is T-shirts of former President Bush asking, “Miss me yet?’’

And:

At SunSations T-shirt shop in Oak Bluffs the two hottest selling shirts are the “I Vacationed With The President” tee or the “Miss Me Yet?” shirt featuring ex-prez George Bush with the tagline: “How’s That Hope-y Change-y Thing Workin’ Out For You?”

“We haven’t been able to keep that one on the shelf,” said store manager Amy Gillian.

How quickly they forget, n’est-ce pas, Monsieur Obama?

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