Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Slogans for Our Time


Republican James G. Blaine probably lost the presidential election of 1884 to Democrat Grover Cleveland because Blaine failed to repudiate a Protestant minister who characterized the Democrat Party as the party of "Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion." (If the significance of that phrase isn't obvious to you, read this.) The backlash among Irish Catholics apparently tipped New York's electoral votes, and the election, to Cleveland.

All of that is by way of introduction to these updated versions of "Rum, Romanism, and Rebellion":

"Buggery, Baby-killing, and Bush-bashing"

"Taxes, Terrorism, and Timidity"

Give me a week and I might come up with something equally offensive to Republicans.

UPDATE: It didn't take a week, though I do have to change the rhetorical style. The Republican Party is the party of

"Mirthless, Mediocre Milquetoasts"

For good measure, the Libertarian Party is the party of

"Pot, Puerility, and Powerlessness"