Is a turtleneck worth a thousand words?
I received one of the funniest campaign mailers of the election season yesterday from the Republican Party of Virginia. It targets "Liberal Tim Kaine" (used just like that four times) on the issue of illegal immigrants. Kaine supports using tax dollars to subsidize illegal immigrants, blah blah blah. That's not the funny part. The funny part is the picture of Kaine. As pictures go, it's not funny at all. It's not one of those "let's-find-the-least-attractive-picture-ever-taken-of-this-guy-like-when-he-has-a-mouthful-of-tuna-salad" kinds of pictures. It's funny because of why, I believe, it was used on this mailer — front and back.
The first thing I noticed about the picture was that Kaine had a lot more hair. Hmmm, I thought. That picture must be pretty old. Why would they use a picture of Kaine when he looks younger, thinner and has more hair. Then I noticed the green turtleneck. I'm sorry but nothing says tree-hugging liberal to conservatives like a green turtleneck. When could this picture be from? Oh, there it is in the background, very clearly on a sign behind Kaine — 2000 and the end of a word, ...man."
It's a Gore/Lieberman sign!
The best photo the Republican Party could find to paint Kaine in the worst light is a five-year-old picture that exposes him as (gasp!) a Democrat!