Montana Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Tom Fite graduated recently from the Computer Science and Media Arts program at the University of Montana in Missoula. Even more recently, he went to an Obama rally in town: [Tomfite / Flickr] Fite wasn't the only one to have some initial trouble with the clock cleverness on the scoreboard: At first I ...

South Dakota Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Stefan Hartwig is a web designer in South Dakota who attended a Clinton rally in Dell Rapids over the weekend. He says these two Secret Service agents were "perhaps the most laid back Agents ever... they were just chatting it up" while waiting for Bill and Chelsea Clinton to show ...

Puerto Rico Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 30th, 2008

Up for grabs on Sunday: the 63 Democratic delegates from Puerto Rico. Eliina from Chicago just spent a long weekend in San Juan with her boyfriend Josh. In addition to waterfalls and local vistas, they sampled some of the primary build-up. This poster, for example, in the window of the ...

Clinton Discount

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

With Obama edging towards a declaration of victory in the wake of the Oregon and Kentucky primaries, it seemed the right time to feature this photo (found by Sue Salinger). Either the shopkeeper has a wicked sense of humor or customer demand is actually following the delegate trend: [Loganpoppy / Flickr] Photographer ...

Sexism Against Clinton

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Speaking of sexist remarks (perceived or real) about Clinton, this video, found by PRXer John Barth, takes a thorough look at some of the headlines, quotes, and images that Hillary Clinton has had to deal with in her bid for the presidency. A lot of it may seem familiar -- ...

Obama and Negative Campaigning

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Gary R. Welsh, an Indianapolis lawyer, doesn't buy the standard line that Barack Obama floats largely free of the fray of negative campaigning. He recognizes that dirt is part of politics, but he's annoyed that "Obama has been presented with this aura of being above the politics of personal destruction ...

Clinton “Sunset Boulevard” Parody

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Lisa Nova makes videos. A lot of videos. Some of them are about the campaign, and they're clever. Up first, via Sue Salinger, a sharp parody of the last scene of Sunset Boulevard, with Clinton in the Norma Desmond role: Nova plays lots of different characters in her videos; in this ...

Kentucky Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Monday, May 19th, 2008

Tomorrow is Kentucky's (and Oregon's) chapter in the Democratic primary saga. Iris, who works on webby stuff for a public library in Paducah, Kentucky, was really excited to go to a Clinton rally in nearby Mayfield. There she spotted this truck reflecting the crowd: [circulating / Flickr] Nicholas Stevens, a political science ...

Working-Class Questions for Candidates

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 16th, 2008

Jeff "Petro" Petkevicius is running for president. His platform: gas at $1.25 per gallon. Petro is a Katrina survivor living in Ponchatoula, LA, where he works for a water treatment company. He describes himself as a "street savvy" "conservative Jesus Freak" who's seen a thing or two in life. Petro and ...

Campaign Machine

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Les is unabashedly "for Hillary" and made this animated short to show his support. (Found by Sarolta Cump.) It paints the Obama campaign as the product of a well-oiled machine. Churn up Oprah Winfrey, Kool-Aid, "snotty followers," and a few other ingredients and voila! A campaign that takes a nosedive ...

Undecided Democrats

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Dixie Wells -- aka "young and with it" (possibly more young and with it than her subject) -- is from Austin, TX. It appears that she caught this conflicted donkey outside the local Alamo movie theatre the night of the Democratic debate in Austin. [young and with it / Flickr] Is any ...

West Virginia Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

It seems that a Clinton victory in West Virginia today may be a foregone conclusion. In a completely unscientific survey, there are certainly more Hillary signs than Obama signs in this picture from Shepherdstown, WV, taken by Marylander Pang Tubhirun (hat tip to Misa Dayson): [pangalang / Flickr] It looks like the ...

Vote and Be Heard

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 9th, 2008

[Dean Terry / Flickr] Beth Martin Birky teaches women's studies and English at Goshen College in Indiana. She recalls vividly her sixth-grade entree into electoral politics: "I remember my first voting booth: a cardboard refrigerator box in the hallway of Oak Street Elementary school in Orrville, Ohio." Birky's been a dedicated ...

Science Debate 08?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

See the periodic table? [Mike Mertz / Flickr] A group of scientists, educators, and business leaders is calling for Science Debate 2008, and thousands of people have signed on in support. The goal here is to convince the 08 candidates to debate big scientific issues -- issues that affect America's national ...

Ready for a Female President?

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Tory, a spunky young English major from the Chicago 'burbs, assumes different personas to ask: is America ready for a woman in the Oval Office? She plays with common objections. It's a clever piece except for the gratuitous insult towards the end (thanks, Ann Raber): On the name-calling: Tory herself points ...

Candidates on Free Trade

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Telluride's Free Box for free trades [markschoneveld / Flickr] Republican, corporate lawyer, and Cubs fan Pat Allen feels that John McCain -- unlike his two potential Democratic rivals -- has shown admirable consistency on free trade (thanks, Ann Raber): During the Ohio primary last month, Senators Obama and Clinton were in a race ...

Clinton: Deflated or in Fighting Form?

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Hillary Clinton won the Indiana primary yesterday, but her margin of victory was small, and her defeat in North Carolina was quite sound. So with things not looking as rosy for her campaign as they might, how does she feel this morning? Is she flagging (thanks, James Mills)?: [bammermother / Flickr] Or ...

Democratic Delegate Math

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

The delegate math is looking tougher than ever for Hillary Clinton after the Indiana and North Carolina primaries. This barbed advice on how she might rejigger the numbers was found by our very own John Barth. The video was made prior to the Pennsylvania primary, so a few of the ...

Indiana and North Carolina Primaries

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Democrats in Indiana and North Carolina voted today after days of rallies and knocking on doors. (Republicans voted, too, but...) These two pictures are from the last couple of weeks on the campaign trail. In Indianapolis, Brian Bruner captured what may be the best Hillary hat of the entire election ...

Gas-Tax Math for McCain

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 2nd, 2008

This sarcastic engineer is armed with a calculator, and he's no fool. He tells John McCain that his proposed summer "gas-tax holiday" (which Clinton supports and Obama opposes) is ridiculous. The engineer figures it will save each American a grand total of 30 dollars. Which, compared to what we'll be ...