October 24, 2006
The Gloves Come Off
A hat tip to
Rolling Stone for bypassing the election handicapping, “will-they-or-won’t-they” punditry over majorities and minorities, and just flat-out laying into this Congress.
Sure, one party rule has driven the institution to lowly depths. Given the pervasiveness of red-blue polarization, however, the shame of Congress tends to be mostly framed in terms of a Republican
political problem, with less focus on the disgrace of an institution.
As remedy, the new
RS bookends its previous “ Worst President Ever “ cover/story with its complement,
“The Worst Congress Ever.”
The BAG‘s visual eye (and the fact an election is barreling down), I took a particular interest in the accompanying feature, The “ .” Each of the members (9 of the 10 being Repubs, by the way) are profiled for their excesses, indiscretions and abuses. Accompanying each is also a quirky piece of animation exploiting a silly cultural analogy or underlying character aspect.
10 Worst Congress People
If these visuals are mostly sophomoric, I thought the send-up of James Sensenbrenner seemed particularly apt. Besides nailing the Congressman for his attitude and pegging the overall personality of a badly ingrown Republican leadership, this transformation presents an inescapably obvious metaphor:
We not only need
new governance, we need a whole new culture of governance.
(image: unattributed. Rolling Stone Magazine. October 2006. rollingstone.com)
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