I spotted one of those bumper stickers a few days ago. They always amuse me.
They make me think some people still have hope – that Kerry will win the 2004 election. More likely, those people are glad to have supported Kerry – and the sticker won’t come off.
I wonder what names people will be slapping on the back of their cars next year: “Rudy/Rice”? “Mitt/Newt”? I would rather the names in the second set be reversed. If there’s a “Newt 2008” sticker, I will probably keep mine forever.
Enough about my car (actually, I won’t have one of those for a while.) None of the Democratic candidates have monosyllabic names, so their bumper stickers will be harder: “Hillary/Obama” is all I can think of. The Democrats’ bumper stickers would be saved if Al Gore runs for president. “Gore/somebody” sounds all right. I just thought of an interesting one: maybe there will be another “Clinton/Gore” ticket.
This is probably silly to think about. But hey, someone really does this every 4 years. And the candidates probably spend a good amount of time coming up with the exact names that will be on bumper stickers, buttons, and signs, because the way the candidates’ names are presented will affect how the public views each candidate. Maybe I’m wrong, but I’m guessing people would respond more positively to a “Rudy” sticker than to one that says “Giuliani”. “Rudy” sounds friendlier and more relaxed. Who knows? A catchy phrase just might win the election for someone in 2008.
But I would hope that instead of basing their votes on appearances, people take the time to examine each candidates’ stance on the issues.
Because then, they would vote for Newt. I hope he runs.