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August 23, 2007

Bumper Stickers for Democrats
Posted by Shadi Hamid

Via the Corner, I was made aware that the DSCC has launched a bumper sticker contest:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) is launching a campaign to find the bumper sticker slogan that will carry us through the 2008 elections.  It'll be on their website, on campaign literature and on the bumpers of jalopies coast to coast.

We need a turn of phrase that really jumps out and tells you right off the bat what this election is all about. In 1992, it was "It's the Economy, Stupid."  In 2006, Democrats simply said "Had Enough?" It was the only question America needed to ask.

Yes, stop right there - I know what you're thinking: "But, Shadi, we don't think in sentences or slogans or soundbites. We think in paragraphs. We are nuanced and analytical. Where the Republicans see things in black and white, we only see things in gray." Dear friends, I feel your pain. But you must try! After all, the future of the Republic is at stake. Is that not enough incentive?

Here are my initial suggestions, off the top of my head:
- "It's the fact that we launched a war against a country that had nothing to do with 9/11 and we had no post-war plan whatsoever, and Republicans generally aren't aware of the difference between Sunnis and Shias and that's pretty damn important when you're invading a country that has a lot of Sunnis and a lot of Shias, Stupid!" (really too long)
- "Latte-drinkers of the world unite against republican persecution" (too long, but better)
- "Rudy Giuiliani is crazy!"
- "Sick of bombing countries? Vote Democrat."
- "Rock out of Iraq."
- "Give me back my constitution."
- "Got civil liberties?"

Wow, that was pretty bad. I don't even know if those count as slogans. I've got to get better at this.


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"Sick of their losers? Try ours."


Where'd you get those quotes? "Had Enough?" was Newt Gingrich's and no one used it in an ad or speech.

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