Useful Images

Angry DougJ is definitely onto something with this “useful idiots” idea:

One of the great victories of conservatism was framing every debate as the real, Tebow-fearing Murkins versus the dirty hippies who spit on soldiers. Is there anyway the left could try to do the same with banskters and bankster fanboys? A few months ago, I would have scoffed at this idea, but after the nosedive Romney’s favorables have taken, I’m beginning to wonder.

As DougJ points out, our prospective useful idiots are playing right into the narrative by writing and saying very dumb things, such as, “Corporations are people, my friend,” and, “Actually, Mitt Romney’s tax rate is too high.”

So far, so good. But we are a visual people. To ensure that the one-percent and their defenders make the jump from current meme to enduring and symbolic Enemies of the People to be employed forever more as debate short-hand, we’ll need imagery.

As DougJ suggested, a study of the great conservative victory in framing the debate as DFHs vs Real Americans is instructive. So what images did conservatives use to bolster their case?

As it turns out, the stories of hippies spitting on soldiers was apocryphal, but we must always remember that the truth doesn’t matter in this scenario. What’s needed is a compelling image to go along with the narrative.

Reagan knew this, which is why he invoked an image of the unwashed hippies who haunted Middle America’s dreams at the time when he said, “A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane, and smells like Cheetah.” There are many iconic images to go along with that characterization, of course. But the image that is perhaps the most enduring symbol of hippies’ alleged traitorousness involves a different Jane:

It’s so powerful that it still appears on a newish bumper sticker affixed to a neighbor’s pickup truck even though the event was 40 years ago, the subject is now a grandma who has long-since apologized for giving offense and the war she opposed is now nearly universally acknowledged to have been a giant, bloody mistake.

Conversely, accusations of bankster malfeasance are true; we are standing in the economic rubble they created. Do we have any handy images in our grab bag? Well, there’s this:

And maybe this:

Got any other contenders? Think hard. This is important shit, people.

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109 replies
  1. 1
    Scott says:

    The “Jump! You Fuckers” sign always seems to me that it says something about an ongoing anti-bankster mood in this country…

  2. 2
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    OK, the OvenMitt and his fellow Ferengi one I get, but the photo below that has no meaning for me at all.

  3. 3
    Palli says:

    It is a photo of Wall Streeters looking down on OCCUPY the fist week of the movement. not self-evident enough though

  4. 4
    MattF says:

    @Scott: A second vote for that one.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Palli:

    Yeah, there’s no context. It could well be people watching ice skaters at Rockefeller Center from what’s there. Not very communicative.

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    Birthmarker says:

    Google images has some good ones under “We are the 99%.” I couldn’t link an image if my pants were one fire.

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    Scott says:

    And the campus cop hosing down protestors with mace also has a strong emotional resonance. People got mad when they saw that.

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    Lawnguylander says:

    An image of someone instructing Wall Streeters to kill themselves is going to reflect poorly on Wall Streeters and Republicans?

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    Jon O says:

    Turns out this photo isn’t actually of Mitt Romney getting his shoes shined.

    You know what? Doesn’t matter.

  10. 10
    Enhanced Voting Techniques says:

    Mitt bot and his fellow executu drones is perfect because they look both drunk, clueless, anal and proud of the damage they done.

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    Niques says:

    Aren’t there photos of John Boener handing out checks on the floor of the Senate?

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    Marty says:

    I don’t think a photo is the way to go. The Repubs have been much more effective in getting their way by redefining words — such as Death Tax for inheritance tax, Job Creators for rich, etc. Words are much more powerful.

    The question ought to be, what is the word or phrase that puts the right spin on Wall Streeters. Rick Perry was on the right path with Vulture Capitalist, and Mittens is giving us “Influence Peddler”. But they aren’t giving it their best effort.

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    WereBear says:

    Seen a lot of the Bain Capital Boyz whooping it up. Don’t know if it has enough context.

    If we get a shot of someone in a monocle spitting on an old lady eating cat food, we’re golden!

  14. 14

    The Jump sign is quite good. I don’t think it requires any explanation. And an iconic image needs to be very clear.

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    Dennis G. says:

    @Scott: That was the first image that came to my mind as well.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: You guys are right. The video from which it’s taken is more effective. But even that’s probably not ideal as it contains the protesters themselves, and there are negative connotations associated with OWS for some. I think an image that conveys fat-cattedness in isolation is best. Hard to top the Bain photo for that.

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    Kane says:

    The photos of the foreclosure lawyers at a company homeless-themed party mocking the people who had lost their homes.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Marty: Good points — words are powerful. But I think imagery is extremely important too. Both would be ideal.

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    Chris says:

    It’s so powerful that it still appears on a newish bumper sticker affixed to a neighbor’s pickup truck even though the event was 40 years ago, the subject is now a grandma who has long-since apologized for giving offense and the war she opposed is now nearly universally acknowledged to have been a giant, bloody mistake.

    Yes to everything but this. For the conservative base, the only giant bloody mistake in Vietnam was leaving, and we wouldn’t have had to even do that if people like Jane Fonda hadn’t been a fifth column stabbing our boys in the back.

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    WereBear says:

    @Scott: Yes, that one is huge, and easily understood.

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    Brian R. says:

    @Jon O:

    You know what? Doesn’t matter.

    Agreed. I’m sick of Democrats playing polite and by the rules while Republicans will do anything to win. Sack up, Democrats, and play the goddamn game to win.

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    Kane says:

    How about a group photo of the GOP?

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    dr. bloor says:

    @Lawnguylander:

    Yeah–I don’t think everyone here is entirely clear on the concept.

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    Brian R. says:

    This isn’t perfect, but something like it would work:

    Disgraced Tyco CEO Dennis Kozlowski’s birthday party with models dressed up as Roman goddesses and standing around as living statues, with an ice sculpture of Da Vinci’s David that was literally pissing Stoli vodka.

    A $2 million party, and half of the cost was paid for with company money.

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Kane:

    Those are powerful if you know the context. That’s the key to all this, the context needs to be in the photo. If you have to stop and explain what’s going on, the impact is blunted, at best, and totally lost at worst.

    Look at the previous thread. The photo of Brewer shaking her finger in Obama’s face would be much more effective if we saw her face, too. We all get the context, it’s topical, but in a month, it won’t be. You’ll still have to have a caption that provides the context, and that blunts the impact.

    A pure visual image, like the one of the general pointing a pistol at the head of a VC in Saigon and pulling the trigger, makes an instant impression on the viewer. The context may shape how precisely it’s perceived, if the context has enough cultural weight. A photograph of an “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate at Dachau, for example, conveys meaning because there’s enough cultural saturation that nearly everyone gets it.

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    scav says:

    Don’t forget Newtster-ready images (and text) — here’s more on the general topic.
    Newt ‘Cry Baby’ Gingrich: my part in his downfall

    Gingrich’s admission that personal spite had motivated the 1995 government shutdown gave us a front page that still haunts him

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    SaltySam says:

    Thurston Howell III from “Gilligan’s Island” is a great example. I recall a scene where he was busy helping the rest of the gang build something to get off the island, and he exitedly wiped his brow and showed it to his wife- “Look Lovey” he said, “I believe this is perspiration! The gardener showed me some once…”

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Chris: True, but the conservative base won’t turn on the GOP even if we capture images of Rush Limbaugh lighting his cigars with waxed-dipped orphans. It’s the mushy middle we’re after.

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    MattF says:

    There’s also that picture, just below this post, of Brewer pointing at Obama. That’s worth a bunch of votes right there.

    Obama needs to get out of the White House and mix it up with the wingers. The usual crazyfucker blogs will go crazy as usual, but he’ll come out ahead in the real world.

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    jibeaux says:

    Not exactly what you’re looking for, but that old picture of Newt Gingrich = Dwight Schrute that’s making the FB rounds sure is uncanny.

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    Violet says:

    The Jane Fonda thing worked because she was a celebrity. Is there a celebrity who has gone out on a limb to support rich banksters? Someone on record saying something like the banks have done nothing wrong, corporations are people, my taxes are too high or leave rich people alone?

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    Exurban Mom says:

    What was the name of the law firm where their associates dressed up for Halloween as people who had been foreclosed on?

    Oh yeah, Steven J. Baum:
    http://boingboing.net/2011/10/.....icans.html

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    Dr. Squid says:

    Very little is cleaerer than the in-your-face money flaunting of the Bain pic. Very little conveys pure frustration than “Jump You Fuckers”. And yes, the background is important. And very little sums up casual brutality better than “Strolling Riot Cop Spraying Mace”.

    The rich guys with champagne photo? No background. Background is important.

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    JGabriel says:

    While I love the Wall Street “Jump, You Fuckers!” photo, I don’t think that’s what Betty is looking for. What we want are photos of rich people making asses of themselves by acting cluelessly rich.

    .

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    Dr. Squid says:

    @MattF: It looks like Bill the Cat’s long lost auntie is snarling there.

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    Dave says:

    @Villago Delenda Est:

    The photo of Brewer shaking her finger in Obama’s face would be much more effective if we saw her face, too. We all get the context, it’s topical, but in a month, it won’t be.

    I think you’re wrong here. The photo is pretty perfect from Brewer’s standpoint. There’s a photo of someone dressing down that uppity nigger in the white house. Everyone knows what’s implicit in the pointed finger gesture. Doesn’t matter what it’s about, only that the moment has been captured.

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    quannlace says:

    The photos of the foreclosure lawyers at a company homeless-themed party mocking the people who had lost their homes.

    Ditto.

    here’s more on the general topic.
    Newt ‘Cry Baby’ Gingrich: my part in his downfall

    Christ, another debate tonight?? After hearing Newt’s threat not to participate unless he gets his audience reaction, I can well believe that ‘pissed cause he had to sit in the back of Air Force One.’ story.

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    RalfW says:

    @Marty: I think Marty is right, the words build the frame, and then images fit the frame to reinforce it.

    I think about how Repubs have taken core values of liberals that the general public agrees with and framed them to be “bad” that is the model to look for.

    Try to square “Nanny state” with Medicare & Medicaid. The vast majority of people, Gubmit Hands off My Medicare wingers included, will tell you that there are government services that they really, really need.

    But by saying that liberals want a cradle to grave nanny state (also known as health insurance!) they redefine a public good to a public enemy.

    So, what’s a key feature of the GOP, that the public likes, that can be reframed as bad. That will have the ultimate fu.

    I think Obama was close with his “ownership society” idea: “For the GOP, that means you’re on your own.” Most people want to own their home, many want to own a small business, have a 401(k). But the truth is, that the GOP policies don’t help people get there, only their rhetoric does.

    So how do we pierce that bubble? Mocking the ownership society was close, but it’s gotta be bang-on, like Nanny State but for their team.

  39. 39
    Kane says:

    A photo of the NY Times op-ed with the title Let Detroit Go Bankrupt with the Romney byline.

    It’s not exactly a traditional photo, but I’m guessing that the image of the headline will continue to have a powerful effect in Michigan and beyond if Romney is the nominee.

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    Hawes says:

    I think the top one is spot on perfect. Since the key is to sear an image into the subconscious of the nation, you need to pick one.

    That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.

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    The Moar You Know says:

    That anti-aircraft gun that cute lil’ Jane was sitting in was used to try and kill my father, my father-in-law, and a bunch of other Americans, including Grumpypants McCain, who has some reasons for being a bit grumpy. She did not merely “give offense”. There’s a reason that people are still pissed about her.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @RalfW: You’re onto something there. I’m not sure what the exact phrase is either, but I think we’re fumbling towards implementing the associated strategy of turning a strength into a weakness with Romney, who premised his entire campaign on his business acumen but is now looking more and more like tumbrel-bait.

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    RalfW says:

    @Dave: And you get a side view of her chin obviously low, mouth open in a yell. it’s there, your brain sees it even if it’s only semi-consciously.

    The wingers love it because it’s mom dressing down a mis-behaving kid. We hate it/connect to it because its…mom yelling when she doesn’t have a f*cking clue what she’s talking about.

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    Kathy says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: There is a picture of Newt and the paper doll posing in front of the “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate like it was Cinderella’s castle at Disneyworld. I am terrible at linking on my iPad but I am attempting to paste it below. If it fails, google Newt and Callista Poland images.

    &gs_sm=s&gs_upl=78248l89848l0l91275l22l22l0l1l0l0l112l1331l20.1l21l0

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    jibeaux says:

    @Kane: Combine with that quote where Romney later tried to take credit for the whole thing and said Obama was just stealing his ideas, and you’ve got a decent ad for the Rust Belt.

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    libarbarian says:

    It’s also good to have a slogan. I like “Exterminate Wall Street”.

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    beltane says:

    @Hawes: Yeah, the top one is perfect. The image of sleazy vulture capitalists cramming their ill-gotten cash into their pig mouths could be a Soviet propaganda poster it’s so blatant.

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    dogwood says:

    The Bain guys with the money is great. It tells the story we want to tell. But I’ve never understood why the bloggers haven’t pimped the picture of Romney on the tarmac, private corporate jet behind him, having his shoes shined. That photo should be everywhere, with the caption “Mitt Romney – Job Creator” I saw that picture in Newt’s movie, and it floored me. Googled “Mitt Romney shoe shine”, and HuffPo seemed to be the only one that had even noticed. If there was a picture of Obama condescendingly getting his shoes shined with AF1 in the background, Republicans would have been on that en masse.

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    RalfW says:

    @Hawes: The thing is, Romney is acknowledged by the GOP as a less-than-ideal candidate. I agree that for this campaign, continue to use that image plenty. But they can wash their hands of him as a failure after he loses.

    Hanoi Jane was just removed enough from actual pols to be more damaging. Liberals couldn’t vote her out of office to get distance.

    Its not universal enough for the broader campaign, but I love how Charlie Pierce always uses the faked but so apropos “More brandy” photo in any item about Bobo. So captures the id of the situation.

    We need an image of the ugly side of the global GOP id that isn’t tied to one politician.

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    kdaug says:

    This is important shit, people.

    The most important shit.

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    jibeaux says:

    @dogwood: It was a security wanding, not a shoe shine. But hey, the rest of us schlubs have to take the damn things off and walk through the metal detector in our sock feet.

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    Lawnguylander says:

    @dr. bloor

    I bet there were anti-war activists in 1968 whose first reaction to the Jane Fonda pictures was, “political gold!” It’s seems to be tempting to overestimate the popular appeal of your own anger.

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    dogwood says:

    @libarbarian:

    Once you use “exterminate” language then the ad becomes about that. Hours on TV about violence in political ads. Just use the powerful images and use republicans own words against them.

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    Dr. Squid says:

    @RalfW: What’s seen is some obviously rich men with so much cash it’s overflowing out of their suits and they need their teeth to hold it. That Mittens is at the center of that picture is almost an afterthought.

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    handsmile says:

    If Matt Stone and Trey Parker would grant permission, I think a television advertisement with “Mr. Burns” intoning “Corporations are people too, my friend!” and other choice Mitt-icisms would be pretty damned effective.

    Re Exurban Mom’s comment #31 above:

    Thanks to the viral spread of that photograph (as well as two Joe Nocera columns in the NYT), Stephen J. Baum PC, the largest foreclosure firm in New York State, foreclosed on itself and shut down in December.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11.....proar.html

    Confirmation, perhaps, of Betty Cracker’s point.

  56. 56
    beltane says:

    @dogwood: I agree. Eliminationist rhetoric is best left to the Right-wing. That’s their turf.

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    Lawnguylander says:

    @dogwood

    Yeah, the point is not to portray us as the assholes but them. I don’t understand why this isn’t understood.

  58. 58
    jibeaux says:

    @handsmile: Sometimes karma happening to the right people is as good as a hot bubble bath with a glass of champagne and no kids in the house. Not that I have ever been able to achieve that.

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    Dr. Squid says:

    @handsmile: I think Trey Parker’s permission would be pretty useless regarding a character that belongs to someone else. And “Corporations are people too, mm’kay” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.

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    RalfW says:

    The verbal frame is still the more important part.

    They already had the anti-war hippie punching meme going strong before Hanoi Jane gave the gift that lasted a generation.

    I think the Bain pic works because it fits the 99%-1% message so well.

    The cop macing image is arresting because the GOP is all law and order, so that captures what law and order gets too with a Repub free hand.

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    RalfW says:

    OK, I gotta go rabble rouse at the MN Capitol now.

    Carry on. I look forward to a fully realized narrative frame to destroy the GOp when I get back here in 2 hours.

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    handsmile says:

    @Dr. Squid:

    That will teach me to crack wise about popular television programs! “The Simpsons” is the creation of Matt Groening, not the geniuses behind “South Park.” Big d’uh!
    And as the former is broadcast on Fox, there might well be some legal wrangling on characters being used in anti-GOP ads. My apologies, and thanks for the correction. (Must say I didn’t understand your second sentence though.)

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    dogwood says:

    @Lawnguylander:

    It’s not understood, because lots of people want images and language that make them feel good. They’re really not interested in appealing to anyone outside their own tribe. Or else they’re like the teaparty and they think everyone is just like them.

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    dogwood says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    Post the shoe shine picture, Betty.

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    p. d. obvious, esq. says:

    The Moar You Know:

    Maybe those people shouldn’t have participated in invading another country. Jes’ sayin’.

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    jibeaux says:

    @dogwood: Dude. It was a security wanding.

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    slag says:

    I honestly don’t think the Jane Fonda picture works at all out of context. It looks like some lady shooting a movie. To sell it as more than that you need to accompany it with 20 years of Limbaughesque rhetoric.

    ETA Yay edit function!

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    HelpThe99ers says:

    There’s this image, displayed at the Chicago Board of Trade:

    We are the 1%

    But it needs something… like Randolph and Mortimer Duke waving from the windows.

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    Violet says:

    @jibeaux:
    Doesn’t really matter. It looks like a shoe shine, so it works. And if they are told it is a security wanding, people will then jump to “When I fly I have to stand in a long line, take off my shoes, and hope I don’t get a prostate exam/pap smear from the TSA agents. Why does he get special treatment?”

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    jibeaux says:

    @Violet: I doubt even Mittens gets the bottom of his shoes shined, and considering how much material there is to mine on the man, I don’t see the need for a cheap shot. If it’s presented accurately as a security wanding, fine, let people make of it what they may, but it’s not a particularly damning picture.

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    marian says:

    How ’bout this classic?

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    Violet says:

    @jibeaux:
    The security wand is on the side of Mitt’s shoe, not the bottom. It’s close to the ankle. So it looks like a shoe shine.

    And that’s really the point. Anyone who shows that photo doesn’t have to say it was a shoe shine. It looks like he’s getting a shoe shine, and that’s what counts. It’s not a cheap shot to show a photo that actually happened. And like I said above, if someone points out it’s a security wanding, then it highlights the difference between Mitt and others in the 1% and the rest of us. Who among us gets our security check while sitting in a comfortable chair out in the fresh air?

    I think the Mitt/Bain/money photo is much better, but I don’t think this one should be discounted. Even libertarian Ron Paul voters get upset when they see this one. They hate the TSA.

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    jibeaux says:

    @Violet: I know they don’t have to say it. They won’t say it. That’s why it’s a cheap shot, because it looks like something other than what it is. And what’s the point of pandering to Paul voters? They’re voting for Paul or no one. They’re not exactly fence-sitters.

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    Gust Avrakotos says:

    So let me get this straight. DougJ points out that water is wet and that means “he is on to something”?

    Rrrright.

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    Violet says:

    @jibeaux:
    I guess it depends who you think is going to use the photo. The official Obama campaign? If you’re talking about them, then I wouldn’t recommend they use it because it could be distracting as people discuss why they used it, were they trying to mislead people about what the photo is, etc.

    If you’re talking about bloggers or even SuperPACs, then as far as I can tell, pretty much everything is fair game and if Democrats are afraid to get their delicate hands dirty then they’re going to lose. It’s not a doctored photo–I’d never recommend they use something like that–it’s a real photo showing Romney being treated very differently than 99.9% of Americans get treated and I think it’s effective. That it looks like a shoe shine, which is even worse than the security check, is a bonus.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Gust Avrakotos: I don’t think the idea that clueless plutocrats will become a millstone around the necks of the GOP in the same way that popular perception of DFHs is a liability to Democrats is a foregone conclusion. I think it’s still very much open for debate. YMMV.

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    jibeaux says:

    @Violet: Eh, we’ll just have to agree to disagree about that. I certainly hope the election doesn’t hinge on whether or not a misleading photo gets used in an ad.

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    Violet says:

    @jibeaux:
    We can certainly agree on your second sentence!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Kathy:

    OK, found it, here: http://darrengarnick.wordpress.com/

    Scroll down a bit and you’ll see the two of them in their glory.

    Jon Huntsman also is seen on the page…he looks a lot like Jerry Orbach.

    Also found this while searching: http://knowyourmeme.com/photos.....t-gingrich

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    General Stuck says:

    Just Bidness

    Getting into a public argument with President Obama apparently does wonders for book sales: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s book, Scorpions for Breakfast, is now at #177 on Amazon’s bestseller list.

    Scorpions For Breakfast – let that title bounce around your brain a bit

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    dmbeaster says:

    @Betty Cracker:

    True, but the conservative base won’t turn on the GOP even if we capture images of Rush Limbaugh lighting his cigars with waxed-dipped orphans.

    You are right. It has to be a wax-dipped fetus rather than a living breathing orphan to get them worked up. Or else slurping down chocolate-dipped zygotes.

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    The “rich guys with champagne” turned out to be part of a wedding reception IIRC. This doesn’t necessarily make them not fat cats, but it certainly provides some context for the fancy dress, champagne, and jovial atmosphere.

    My vote is for “Jump! You Fuckers”

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    dmbeaster says:

    @Kathy: Someone needs to caption the Newt and Callista image in front of Auschwitz’ Arbeit Mach Frei gate with Newt’s arguments about the efficacy of child labor.

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    Moonbatting Average says:

    What about a screen grab of Mitt in mid- “I’ll bet you $10,000” with that creepy smile on his face? (difficult to link to photos from an iPhone)

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    Jamey: Bike Commuter of the Gods says:

    @WereBear:

    Canned or dry? I’ll get some people on it.

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    General Stuck says:

    Mother of all projections

    He’s gone from pillar to post almost like a pinball machine, from item to item in a way which is highly erratic…It does not suggest a stable, thoughtful course, which is normally associated with leadership.”

    Mitt Romney from a speech today. Describing the Newtster. I don’t know why anyone would think that this man has any shot at beating Obama to become president. He is a walking nervous breakdown, a case study for free associative loony tunes.

    http://2012.talkingpointsmemo......?ref=fpblg

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    Ed Drone says:

    @Marty:

    I vote for “job cremators,” as I heard it once, somewhere.

    Or “Job-cremating 1%-ers” combines two memes in one phrase. I’m all for efficiency.

    Ed

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    bjacques says:

    @dmbeaster:

    Looks like Newt’s promoting Arby’s Macht Fries. And has eaten more than his share of ’em, I reckon.

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    RalfW says:

    I’m back, and I guess pictures are more fun to talk about than framing.
    That one image is gonna do some big KO is magical thinking.

    Images have to support the frame/meme. They don’t create them. Two years ago, when the Bain photo was most likely just as available as now, it didn’t resonate. It lacked context.

    It had to be placed in the 1% concept that has actually gained a lot of traction in the past year to get people sayin’ “f’ yeah, he’s a jerk.”

    Sooooo.

    Maybe Betty meant photos when she said “we’ll need imagery” (emphasis hers) I took that to mean not just photos but, y’know, word pictures. They are more powerful than images.

    Welfare caddilacs. Nanny state.

    Things that fit in speeches, Sunday morning bobblehead shows, radio, etc.

    Part of what nearly killed the auto rescue was when the CEOs all few down in separate jets. You didn’t need to see the jets to get really mad when you heard it on the radio.

    So. Whadda we got?
    I admit, I’m not seeing the frame yet…

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    trollhattan says:

    O/T but particularly galling the day after Gabby Giffords resigns from the House.

    http://thinkprogress.org/polit.....l-offices/

    As to iconic images, I suspect the typical Republican wants to be one of those Bain asshats when they look at that picture.

    I kind of like the “Get a Brain Moran” dude, but morans won’t get it.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Ed Drone: That was Debbie Wasserman Schultz who said it, I think.

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    Reminded me of an old National Lampoon cover from 1975- years before inequality went into overdrive:

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    hitchhiker says:

    George W Bush over and over and over. There are lots of pictures of him looking smug in a tux, and we should NOT let the Rs get away with acting like he was an aberration to be quickly forgotten.

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    RalfW says:

    Just saw a nice picture/text mashup on Facebook:

    Mitt in one of his pressed, brand new plaid casual yuppie shirts, perfectly coiffed and ‘smiling.’

    Text: Nothing says “I believe in America” like a Swiss bank account.

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    RalfW says:

    @hitchhiker:

    Yeah, but Dubya with Mitt. Dubya with Newt. Dubya with _____.

    Over and over.

    His name has basically not been said in 14 million GOP debates. He’s a cinderblock on a rope on that GOP bass-boat. Toss him in, make a splash.

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    giltay says:

    I don’t know if this really shows rich people cluelessness, but I think it’s worth viewing. Double Newtfinger.

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    Can anyone explain how “moderation” works around here?

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    Gust Avrakotos says:

    @Betty Cracker: I guess I’m the only one around here paying attention. It’s no secret that politicans frame arguments using poll tested wording.

    Because Repugs don’t have any problem lying they are better at framing. Because they can make up any horseshit they want, throw in a few ‘socialisms’, freedoms, unAmericans, death panels, end the fed, yada yada and there ya go. Their ‘useful idiots’ totally buy into all that crap. The Repug politicians don’t believe half of it themselves. It’s all just political theater to them.

    So now you people are telling me that this is some new theory you have come up with that may have something to it???

    LOL…..oy vey!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @RalfW: Ooooo, that’s good!

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    Waynski says:

    Isolating this photo. Might work.

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    mike says:

    How about a picture of Mittens cropped from the Bain money photo with the caption “I’m also unemployed!”

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    Betty Cracker says:

    @Gust Avrakotos:

    So now you people are telling me that this is some new theory you have come up with that may have something to it???

    Heavens, no. We’re suggesting that maybe it’s a narrative that can finally stick, thanks to events on the ground, the behavior of certain useful idiots, etc. I don’t think I or anyone else claimed that using certain words or images to frame political debates on either side is our original theory.

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    Upper West says:

    @Kane:

    Excellent! Everyone should be exposed to the “Let Detroit go Bankrupt” Headline and article repeatedly in the next 10 months. How can he be taken seriously when he was so disastrously wrong (in an industry that is his heritage, yet)?

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11.....omney.html

    Spread this!

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    Kathy says:

    @Villago Delenda Est: Thanks so much for the find. The know your meme addition was pure artistry. I am wondering if these sort of picture/snark might be the key that Betty is talking about. They are quick and to the point and almost impossible to argue against without sounding like a humorless prig. (I know the 27 % deadenders are humorless prigs but still).
    @dmbeaster: That is an awesome idea. It could go on the know your meme with a comment like- CHILD LABOR, it makes us free. Or something with something less lame than that.

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    Kathy says:

    @punkdavid:Great job!

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