August 26, 2012

Of Birthers and Banners

Romney birther banner

In profile, slightly out-of-focus and monumental in contrast to the plane, the photo, with the cartoon-like tagline, is also a parody of a man who is known to change his own banner by the season and the day. On the verge of being officially stamped as the GOP standard bearer, the sense here is more of a simulacrum of a more realized challenger than an original truly there.

A week ago, I would have skipped over this as petty. But with the Romney campaign concluding that they aren’t going to win without rallying white men, be careful what you ask for, especially with the national photo press around.

(photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters caption: A plane carrying a banner which reads, “America is Better than Birtherism”, flies behind U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Powell, Ohio August 25, 2012..)

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