The inimitable Southern Beale, she of the fine pedicures, finds it very amusing that the GOP is accusuing the Democrats of co-opting religous imagery for their convention stage; she offers up several graphic reminders of the GOP's habit of doing the exact same thing. She missed this one, though, from the 2004 RNC Convention:
Of course, it was easy to overlook the podium's resemblance to a church pulpit - everyone was distracted by the burning blood red sky of DOOOOOM looming over the New York City skyline.
I'm not irritated so much by either party co-opting religous imagery in order to sell their candidate. What irritates me is that they've decided to swipe the bland iconography of this nation's mega-churches. I mean, look at this stage - if this reminds you of a church you go to the cheesiest church in Christendom:
(Oh, and metal folding chairs? Really? Shit, Hillary could have picked up the superdelegates she needed if she had just promised everyone a seat cushion.)
I suppose it's too much to ask, but I would really appreciate it if the campaign managers of both parties would show a little imagination when they try to cast their respective figureheads in a religous light; I suppose I shouldn't get my hopes up that they roll McCain out tied to a post with a bunch of fake arrows stuck to him, recreating The Martyrdom of St. Sebastian:
Frankly, this campaign could use some quality weird like that.