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Kerry Rules, Yankees Suck?

Did John Kerry lose the 2004 presidential election over improper messaging?

From the right-hand corner of the political button display in my office: The Fred Flintstone presidential campaign shares equal time with Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon (notice the name of his running mate?).

But my most curious political souvenir comes from the streets outside Boston’s Fleet Center at the 2004 Democratic National Convention: Kerry Rules, Yankees Suck.

Strangely, there is no punctuation. There should be one if not two exclamation points.

Given that Red Sox fans have been known to inexplicably chant “Yankees Suck!” at Celtics, Bruins and Patriots games, as well as at concerts, it’s not so surprising it would surface on the national political stage — regardless if the voters in the 44 non-New England states ever got the joke.

Now that the Red Sox unfortunately do suck, it will be fascinating to see what happens to the “Yankees Suck!” cheer.

Here’s betting that the bitterness and resentment outside Fenway Park gets much much worse.  Ironically, scapegoating the Bronx Bombers just made a cameo in the Scott Brown / Elizabeth Warren U.S. Senate race.

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Political Button of the Day: The Estonian role in Nixon’s rise to power

Gearing up for Election Day, I will occasionally share a favorite button from my modest-but-quirky political memorabilia collection.

In all the historical nonfiction I have ever read, I have yet to see one writer explore the Estonian-American community’s role in President Nixon’s rise to power.

Did Nixon have any special affinity for Estonian voters? Not really. He covered his bets and issued campaign buttons for at least two dozen nationalities.

A random check on eBay surfaced “Hungarians for President Nixon,” “French for President Nixon,” “Scots for President Nixon,” “Ukranians for President Nixon,” and “Slovacks for President Nixon.”

Wonder what kind of slurs Nixon used behind these people’s backs?

If you like offbeat political and pop culture memorabilia like this, then please check out my new Slate magazine slideshow devoted to the fake presidential bids of Archie Bunker, Fred Flintstone, Snoopy, Charile Brown, Lucy Van Pelt, Linus Van Pelt, Barbie, Ken Griffey, Jr., Mr. Clean, Captain Morgan the Rum Pirate, Fonzie, Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound, Magilla Gorilla, and MAD magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman!

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Ari’s First NH Primary

This first picture with former NATO Gen. Wesley Clark is one of my favorites.

We had just eaten pancakes at an elementary school breakfast, where Democratic darling George McGovern (the guy that got whipped by Richard Nixon) was supposed to make flapjacks and endorse Clark. McGovern is the distinguished balding guy near the brick wall.

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Before I started trusting politicians not to drop my kids, I played it safe with the less dramatic baby stroller pose. At this 2003 Fourth of July Parade in New Hampshire, I discovered Howard Dean standing by himself waiting for his volunteers to show up. He was in a jovial mood, opening up the stroller’s snack tray and pretending to eat Ari’s crackers. This was weeks before Dean’s Internet minions propelled him to frontrunner status. And, of course, months before his primal scream in Iowa (unfairly) ushered in his political downfall.

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Joe Lieberman, months before introducing his horrendous “Joe-Mentum” slogan, didn’t seem at all flustered by the presence of a Howard Dean balloon! That’s Hadassah in the red. Ari’s the one in the stroller.

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Originally, it was my intention to photograph my son and my daughter together with the 2008 presidential field. Click here to find out why Dahlia’s older brother had other ideas.

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