I just read on POPwink (a couple days too late) that the Dems are looking to come up with a new bumper sticker. I had no idea.
You should read Michael’s post over there, and I must agree that his judgement (that the ones they’ve come up with are “hideous”) is spot on.
The choices they’ve laid out for us are:
- W IS OUT – Send the Right Wing with Him
- NO REPUBLICANS LEFT BEHIND IN D.C.
- What Have Republicans Done For You Lately?
- 2006 Was Just the Beginning. More Dems in ’08
Ouch. Y’all already know I dislike naming contest and such, so I won’t go into that here.
Is the left wing in such a state that they have to recycle old concepts? Two of the four are just reworking old slogans “No Child Left Behind” and “What Have You Done For Me Lately.” One uses a visual key to link W (as in Bush) to Wing (as in right) but seems to ignore the fact that the left has a wing too. The last option seems to endorse doing whatever we did in ’06… but somehow doing it better.
None of them seem catchy. None of ’em seem smart. None of ’em speak to me (as one of the centrists that typically decide elections.) None of them take advantage of the location of the message (a bumper.) None of them are memorable (without having to recall either right wing rhetoric or bad pop songs.) These are conversation enders rather than conversation starters.
But what if you could fix that? What if you had a phrase that sounded catchy, implied at least a bit of intellect, could speak to disaffected centrists, used language that mixed well with the bumper medium, and could be used by talking heads as a conversation starter?
I think it’s possible.
Something like “The Right Turn Is Left” ™(sm)(c)(etc…) above a contextualizing message such as “Democrats for ___________” (where the blank is a platform cause) or “Vote Democtratic in ’08” seems to fit the bill.
It throws wordplay, logic, message, direction, context, mnemonics and all sorts of good stuff (like the fact that this is a “Googlenope” as I write this) at the reader without preaching about “W” or gloating about 2006…
…and you can almost hear people chanting it at the Democratic Convention if you listen hard enough.
(Added bonus – the logical Republican response “The Right Turn is Right” or “The Left Turn Is Left” loses all of the power and wit that the use of the conflicting statement brings. It’s a hard slogan to fight effectively.)
Anyone else think there’s a better option?