Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part III

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Jim Karrels from the DC 'burbs interviewed his two-year-old son Matthew on inauguration day. Matthew and his mom -- who does a brief turn as Hillary Clinton (off camera) -- talk about the animals Matthew would bring to the White House if he were president. Matthew never lets go of ...

Obama’s National Security Team

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, December 4th, 2008

[scriptingnews / Flickr] On Monday, Obama introduced his national security nominees. These include a Republican (Robert Gates) and a retired Marine general (James Jones) whose politics are opaque -- as well as Democrats like Susan Rice and Eric Holder. The early reactions from the blogosphere were largely positive, even from some ...

Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 20th, 2008

The wildfire rumor of the transition so far: whether Obama will pick Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. Political junkies are speculating about Machiavellian strategizing in the Clinton and Obama camps, about the possible effect on Clinton's chances in 2012 or 2016, and, oh yeah, even about whether the choice ...

Feminist Progressives Defend Palin Against Sexism

Posted by Katherine | Friday, September 19th, 2008

[quinn.anya / Flickr] The feminist, progressive group blog Shakesville is rolling out a growing series called "Sarah Palin Sexism Watch." Each Palin/sexism post comes with the caveat that "we defend Sarah Palin against misogynist smears not because we endorse her or her politics, but because that's how feminism works." In other ...

Denver and the Pepsi Center

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Wan · der · lust who, as her name suggests, has a "strong, innate desire to rove or travel about," caught Denver all dressed up in state flags last week in honor of the convention (thanks, Misa Dayson): [© wan · der · lust / Flickr] Ronald Lewis lives in Denver and ...

Bill Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

[leh4 / Flickr] Catching up now on Day 3 of the Democratic convention. Bill Clinton's speech was generally declared a big boost for Obama -- so here are some qualified assessments of its effectiveness. Kaylin, married 29 years and from New Jersey, seems to think Bill would have been more believable if ...

A Mile High in Denver Stadium

Posted by Katherine | Friday, August 29th, 2008

In the stadium [zenobia_joy / Flickr] We'll circle back to the Biden and Bill Clinton speeches shortly, but first, the largely giddy aftermath of last night's Mile-High Moment. (Please help us find good sharp critiques.) Skinny Black Girl, a self-described "walking paradox" who appears to be from Cleveland, Ohio, disdained the pre-speech ...

PUMAs and Police in Denver

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

John Catral from Somerset, New Jersey, caught these PUMA protesters on the Denver streets (hat tip to James Mills): [Ho0n / Flickr] And just in case they get too feisty, the riot police are there -- in another photo from Catral (thanks again, James Mills): [Ho0n / Flickr] That baton looks like ...

Hillary Clinton’s Convention Speech

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, August 28th, 2008

[talkradionews / Flickr] The general consensus seems to be that Hillary Clinton delivered party unity in her convention speech. Here's some blogjuice about other aspects of the speech. Kyle E. Moore is "vehemently partisan, proudly democratic, and unapologetically liberal," and he felt Clinton met every "astronomical" expectation -- she stared down the ...

The Republican Youth Vote

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Many young Republicans appear concerned that their ranks are thinning. Not so Ian Gallagher, UVA student and intern at the university's Center for Politics. He rallied support for McCain during the Virgina primary, and he's not giving up on his generation. He thinks Republican values and votes are there among ...

Candidates as Marilyn Monroe

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

In some of the odder candidate street art, here are Obama, Clinton, and McCain as Marilyn Monroe, Warhol-style. Catherine from Hollywood, California, took the picture. [catheadsix / Flickr] What is this saying? That they're all actors? That they're all -- or aim be -- as American as the stars & stripes and ...

McCain and Obama Bumper Stickers

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 21st, 2008

James Mills just turned up these two bumper stickers. The first, from Moltron 3030, was taken on a farewell tour of Eugene (Oregon?), where she and her friend Lizz (featured here) have lived since 2004: [Moltron 3030 / Flickr] DottComments lives in Louisville, Kentucky, likes the Rolling Stones, and apparently needs ...

Campaign Film Noir

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

Illicit passion. Campaign jealousies. Noir intrigue. It's all there in Zach Gildersleeve's clever machinima film about McCain and Clinton. Gildersleeve just finished a computer-graphics degree at the University of Utah's School of Computing, where he made the film in his final semester. He also has a background in media production ...

Campaign HQs in Second Life

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

If you're a political junkie and you spend your days in Second Life, don't worry: you're only a few clicks away from your favorite candidate's headquarters. Sophia Yates recently filmed her tour of the Clinton, Obama, and McCain camps. The video is a tad long, but it's too trippy to ...

Candidates as Marionettes

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

This one is a puzzle. Ruben Carbajal, a writer in Brooklyn, NY, took the photo a few weeks after the primaries started. I love the fact that the poster references a specific neighborhood and is on a mailbox, but who controls Obama, Edwards, Clinton, and Giuliani's marionette strings? Is the ...

Democratic Gothic

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 13th, 2008

Back to the Democrats for a second for an amusement found by James Mills. San Francisco-based web designer Wayne Bremser discovered this t-shirt on Haight Street: [wayne bremser / Flickr] Read into it what you will.

How Will Clinton Supporters Vote in November?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Manny from Orlando, Florida, might be a film student or an ob-gyn, depending on how you read his profile. He is without question, though, a fiery Clinton supporter, and he's pissed off at Barack Obama. So pissed off that he's going to vote for McCain in the general election (hat ...

Tributes to Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

Keight hails from Portland, Oregon, but she apparently photographed this street art in New York City two days after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination. It seems safe to assume the drawing was intended as a tribute to Clinton's candidacy. (Thanks Ann Raber and James Mills.) [keight / Flickr] Across the country in ...

Clinton’s Concession

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 12th, 2008

On Saturday, Hillary Clinton conceded the Democratic nomination. And in so doing, she put on her Obama cap, so to speak. Educator and writer Lois Stavsky is passionate about street art and discovered this representation on the streets of her hometown, NYC (thanks, Ann Raber): [LoisInWonderland / Flickr] If you check out ...

Democrats and Hispanic Voters

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 6th, 2008

Sixty-four-year-old AHispanicVoter may be a bit hyperbolic with his numbers. He also seems to like Clinton but be angry at all "Democrats"; presumably he means every Dem but Clinton? He also meanders somewhat. Quibbles aside, his basic point is an important one. He feels the Democrats are taking Hispanic voters ...