Monday, September 6, 2010

In Your Heart You Know He's Right

The ubiquitous McHenryCountyBlog Instamatic captured 10th District Congressman Mark Kirk ...

The Lake in the Hills Sunset Festival Parade
There are about a dozen people in the frame, but Kirk can be quickly identified. Look for the person in the lead; wearing the long-sleeve shirt; saluting the crowd; sporting a Hitler moustache.

Sharp-eyed operatives will discern what your LakeCountyEye already knows: While politicians often strive to strike a Churchillian stance, Kirk is caught in a Hitlerian pose ...

Last April your LakeCountyEye warned of the pitfalls of playing the Nazi card:
Secret Stash
And operatives were advised to resist the temptation of comparing the political opposition with Hitler.

However to deliberately outfit your own candidate in a way that invites comparison with Hitler -- to mashup candidate and Nazi -- is frankly a political maneuver one does not see.

A campaign gimmick like this will probably not fly in metropolitan Illinois, but in rural areas, who knows? Down in downstate Illinois -- like McHenry County, where they vote exclusively for God, guns, gays, abortion, immigration -- it may not hurt to juice a candidate's right-wing street-cred with a subtle reminder that he sides with the Fascists.

A gutsy political play that your LakeCountyEye will be observing closely!

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Anonymous said...

Your eyes need checking. Kirk has NO moustache. What you see is a shadow. You are either a total jackass or some evil nitwit.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:39. I agree it looks like a shadow, but were you this upset when the Tea Baggers Show pictures of this Nation's President brandishing a Hitler Style mustache?

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 7:28 - Silly you. Don't you know IOKIYAR to compare Pres. Obama -- or any Democrat for that matter -- to Hitler? And that every Democrat is a total jackass or some evil nitwit for even thinking about making fun of Kirk?

Welcome to the 10th District. This is what life has been like for the last 10 years. Imagine what it will be like if Kirk gets elected to the Senate.

Barney Baxter said...

hi Anon 12:39,
I can take that as a compliment.

Anonymous said...

Using Hitler in any context is not funny, amusing or even moral. You can oppose Mark Kirk and vote for his opponent, but to imply that there's a similarity to one of the most odious figures in human history is more than mean spirited and ugly. And if the shoe fits, Barney, wear it.

Barney Baxter said...

hi Anon 11:40,
If you're the humor cop that's ok I guess. Anyone with a narrowed sense of humor may be advised not to read this blog.

IllinoisJim said...

My God! It does look like an Adolf! Then there is the Mr Kirk’s sullen squint because of the sun. I was driving down Milwaukee and there were two grungy jerks with “Impeach Obama” shirts. No not brown shirts. Grungy olive gray shirts. (Obama’s picture had an Adolf) They were handing out literature. And people were taking it, calling out their windows for it!! Feel the heat and the hate. In this very blog, I stated that the lies calling Mr. Kirk gay were just plain over the top. But what is over the top now? Which leading Republican has publicly expressed disgust with Obama’s Adolf? Mr “Eye” please count up the GOP and Dem public denunciations over “National Burn the Koran Day” coming soon. Let’s see where “The Top” really is? Can you imagine being the GI blown up next week because some of us participated in “Burn the Koran Day”?

Ellen Beth Gill said...

Cats sporting the little mustache are called Kitlers. See here:

I prefer rather to think of them as little Charlie Chaplins.

Barney Baxter said...

hi IllinoisJim,
I'm betting Pastor Wacky is bluffing.

See ...
The Booboisie Prize


Barney Baxter said...

hi Ellen,
I think there might also be Wilford Brimley LOLcats. Someday everyone will have their own LOLcat website!