VA GOPers Send Charming Halloween Picture of Obama Shot In Head

  bad manners

Halloween fun for the whole family!

The prankster Republican Committee officials of Loudoun County, Virginia decided to invite families to their local Halloween parade this year with a photo montage featuring Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his head, just to inject a little holiday-themed murder fun into the stale mix of vulgar anti-Obama right-wing mass email tropes. HILARIOUS!

Strangely enough, the part of the humorless political correctness police is being played this evening by Virginia’s state GOP officials, who condemned the email and told Loudoun County to knock it the hell off. Not strangely, Loudoun County Republican chairman Mark Sell offered a boneheaded response wondering why everyone had to be so serious about their little assassination “joke.”

From WaPo:

“The Loudoun County Republican Committee yesterday sent an email to its members that represented a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday,’’ Sell wrote. Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the president as a victim of a violent crime. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we deeply and sincerely apologize to the president and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left.

 
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Ah yes, faulty artistic interpretation is the problem here, and everyone is just missing the nuanced impression behind the picture. You are all terrible cretins, next to distinguished Republican art scholar Mark Sell. [WaPo]

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284 comments

  1. Barb

    They should send over a group of secret service agents to chain them to a stove and beat them with a curtain rod for 8 hours. Now THAT would be funny!

    1. miss_grundy

      Actually, why not have a squad of secret service agents dress up like Cardinal Torquemada and introduce them to some of the really painful torture methods employed during the Spanish Inquisition? I would watch that reality show.

      1. James Michael Curley

        A real hard case. When he gets his mind set, you can't Torquemada anything.

        (Thanks Mel!)

        1. LiveToServeYa

          Well, if you scan comics from right-to-left, you'll find your precogpunchlinenition greatly enhanced.

    1. iburl

      "If anybody took this the wrong way than we are sorry that you were offended by your own stupid misunderstanding of our clearly innocuous picture."
      Fixed.

    2. comrad_darkness

      I'm not offended by their stupidity. i'm offended by the assholes who vote for these childish yahoos so they can fuck all of our lives over. That's what offends me.

    1. RavenRant

      Jonathan Swift would have beaten these worms with a stick for even daring to use that term for their excrescence.

  2. memzilla

    Loudon County Republicans will survive the Zombpocalypse: if you got no brains, you'll get no zombies.

      1. Herring_Burnit

        I once lived with a very sweet but extremely stupid ginger cat. Every evening, I would rub his hard little head and say, "What's this? A brain eater! What's it doing? Starving to death!"

        It's a good thing the little fucker didn't understand a word, or I'd be stuck with shrink bills for eternity. OTOH, I have a powerful urge to do the same thing to all the Republican candidates (except Jon Huntsman, who's just an asshole).

        1. tessiee

          My neighbor's kid is like that. Every now and then, he runs into my yard, shrieking, to show me his new toy or what-not. In the time it takes him to get there, his one lonely brain cell has forgotten why he ran, who I am, and who he is.

          1. comrad_darkness

            Situations like this are why I'm slow every year to clean out the blackberries that grow along the property line.

            Also because cleaning them out requires wearing gauntlets and a biker's jacket.

    1. HogeyeGrex

      According to the article,

      We are going to vanquish the zombies with clear thinking conservative principles and a truckload of Republican candy…

      WTF is "Republican candy"?

      Specially made with a high lead content by third world serfs and smuggled past any evil government inspection or regulation?

      Or is it just whatever is left over in the pedo-van?

  3. Callyson

    If their intent was to scare their people, you'd think they would show Obama being sworn in for a second term, and Nancy Pelosi holding the gavel. These people can't even do Halloween right.

    1. Mrspanky

      Yup! The GOP are trying to emulate the hapless Miami Dolphins by finding new ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

      They just can't help themselves!

          1. Mrspanky

            "Who dem losin for Andrew Luck? Its the Miami Dolphins 'cause they really suck!

            Who dem poisoned by the Tea Party? Just dem crazies of the GOP!

            Sound off! One, two. Poon Tang!, Three, four……"

    2. tessiee

      "If their intent was to scare their people, you'd think they would show Obama being sworn in for a second term, and Nancy Pelosi holding the gavel."

      Outside card: "wanna see something REALLY scary on Halloween?"
      Inside card: [Picture of Joe Biden sitting at desk in Oval office]

      It took me, literally, all of two seconds to think that one up.
      Then again, they're a great deal stupider than I am…

      1. Sparky_McGruff

        Sadly, a fair amount of republicans would like to see Joe Biden as president, if it meant that the neegrah gots keeled.

    3. user-of-owls

      There's another, scarier version that has nine angry black lesbian mohammedans in their Supreme Court robes.

  4. buffalogal

    I must be a total putz … I thought we had made some progress over the past few years — that people would have the good sense NOT to send racist emails of watermelons on the White House lawn … that we would NOT wave about photos of Obama as the Joker … that we would know better than to shout out "kill him" at political rallies. My bad.

    1. RavenRant

      When did any of those people deal with any consequences for their public displays of virulent racism?

      Carl 'Unapologetic Racist' Paladino was the VERY SERIOUS Repuglican candidate for governor of New York. Even bestiality video emails are not enough to embarrass these sorry fucks.

  5. Arken

    Of course he wasn't the victim of a violent crime. That's a bullet hole in his head and we all know that guns don't kill people.

        1. RavenRant

          Of course! That is a sign that God loves you. In an obviously corollary, poverty or any other significant misfortune at any stage of life is a sign that God hates you.

          1. tessiee

            "poverty or any other significant misfortune at any stage of life is a sign that God hates you"

            And/or that you're too lazy to go get a jerb (you know, since they're out there free for the taking) and don't understand the glorious free market virtues of Hard Work and Thrift.

  6. edgydrifter

    Shorter Loudon County Republicans: "Wait, what? Oh, c'mon! We left off the watermelons and witch doctor stuff, didn't we? What is wrong with you people? What do you want?!?"

  7. memzilla

    It's the typical Rethuglican M.O.: do it, then apologize if you were offended, like it's your fault.

    You see the same remorse from many criminals who aren't sorry they committed a crime, they're sorry they got caught.

    And then accuse you of being on a "witch hunt."

  8. JustPixelz

    Let's ask Gabby Giffords if it's funny.

    Zombies represent the threat from within — our friends and neighbors suddenly and mysteriously turning into mindless destroyers of civilization. In other words, joining the Tea Party.

    It's not a bullet hole. It's a surveyor's mark for Christ's sake.

      1. RadioOcupados

        I don't even think they need to try at euphemism any more. Hateful, close-minded, treasonous, racism is totally OK with them now.

  9. Fare la Volpe

    In a similar show of "satire," the Republican Party of 1963 released a card advertising "fun so good, it'll blow your mind!"

  10. finallyhappy

    Loudoun County is where they sent me from Silver Spring, MD to work on the Presidential election(because MD was a lock) last time. I guess I will need to go back and this time I am wearing Kevlar.

  11. Mort_Sinclair

    And it's Virginia–again. What the fuck is in the water there? Whatever it is, needs moar arsenic.

  12. edgydrifter

    I know I'm not a Republican, because I was going to make some crack about a Gabrielle Giffords costume and actually got disgusted with myself. Stupid conscience.

    1. James Michael Curley

      This Halloween I was going to dress as a Republican but my head didn't fit up my ass.

  13. Mahousu

    Yeah, well how come you libs didn't say anything about all those pictures the Dems sent around of Bush with a bullet hole in his head?

    What? Because there weren't any? That's no excuse.

    1. Negropolis

      Loudoun strikes me as a place that's essentially a kind of last ditch effort to inject some "real" Virginia into NOVA. A kind of swan song for the confederacy in a place they know has long since turned its eyes northward.

      1. imissopus

        I think over the last fifteen or twenty years a lot of people who work in D.C. but found Fairfax County too expensive have been moving in, or people who work in the tech industry in NOVA. The county is still heavily Republican, but there are a lot of transplants from other parts of the country who don't have ties to those old genteel tobacco plantation owners who used to be the majority up there. At least that's the impression I've gotten from some of my family and old friends who live in or near D.C.

        1. Negropolis

          Well, it's has the highest median income of any county in the nation, now. I didn't mean to portray it as some hillbilly outpost, but rather to make the point that regardless of where the new population came from, it's Republicanism seems to be built around its opposition to the ever increasing blueness of the rest of the region, and that's all still historically rooted in its Southern-fried heritage and history. Up until recently, it was still a sleepy, Southern county.

  14. grex1949

    I suppose Mark Sell would consider it hilarious if someone photoshopped a picture of him with a hatchet buried in his forehead. That's some killer satire, there, is what that is!

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      Don't you mean light-hearted killer satire?

      Cause we all know we take the ugliness out of ugly situations by prefacing it with "Light Hearted," so haters can be blamed when they get upset.

  15. horsedreamer_1

    I would expect this from the Constitution Party, the American Nazi Party, maybe even the Libertarians, but from a major party… No. I mean, did Milliband issue pamphleture with images of David Cameron drawn & quartered? Did the German Social Democrats do Photoshops of Das Madchen as a Stasi agent?

  16. weejee

    So if we were to send around Photoshopped picts of Bachmann, Cain, Paul, Perry, Romney, and Santorum in blackface bayoneting #OWS and assorted browns would that too be light hearted?

  17. Ducksworthy

    Lets murder the President; Oh I was only kidding. The "oh I was only kidding" did John Wilkes Booth and friends a world of good.

    1. Negropolis

      It's funny this came up. I was just reading about the dude who tried to kill Seward the next day, and that whole conspiracy is an infinitely interesting part of American history. Those were some cold-blooded motherfuckers, you know, to stab a bed-ridden dude so many times and so forcefully you knock him from his bed and then proceed to injure every other person in the house.

  18. coolhandnuke

    ….Nothing could be further from the truth, and we deeply and sincerely apologize to the president and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left…..

    No buttsteak, the impression left/made was .45 caliber.

  19. Come here a minute

    I can't believe the misinterpretation. The Loudon County Republicans think Obama is awesome and should live forever, like zombies do!

  20. glamourdammerung

    Well, they have to resort to stunts like this. It is not like they really want to run on the records of the GOP, especially the Virginia ones. I doubt Cantor's stance on disaster aid are going to be that well received by the sane, or even conservatives.

    1. Barrelhse

      Seriously. How very desperate of them to have nothing to offer other than hate, disguised as 7th grade level humor- which is apparently the peak level for these jerks.

  21. Beowoof

    Well southern republicans acting as assholes again. Jesus these fuckers won't be happy until they see Obama doing a song and dance as minstrel.

  22. chascates

    Fucking asswipe crackers! Why is it that every fucking Southern Republican feels the need to be overtly racist, surprised when they're called on it, and then play the victim in response.
    When you elect Perry or Bachmann or whoever and you end up in smoldering ruins I'll be laughing. But by then we'll all be in the same boat and you can't blame the Yankees, the coloredz, the mooslins, or anyone but yourselves.

  23. 4TheTurnstiles

    How is it the right gets off so completely on caricaturing Nancy Pelosi? Nothing like a capable woman who gets things done to offend the sensibilities of an insecure boy's club.

    1. ShaveTheWhales

      Transitivity of assholery. I'm a big fan of Pelosi, but (1) there are a huge number of distorted pictures of her floating around the tubez, and, like honey badger, she don't give a shit (BTW, the pix will only "amuse" those who already don't like her); and (2) the entrance wound in the forehead is just a whole different level of assholery, so the uglification of Nancy doesn't get much attention. Transitivity. Or maybe well-ordering. But you understand what I mean.

      I hope that the Loudon County GOP gets a polite call/visit from the Secret Service to point out that, if one wanted to be really picky about it, that could be considered inciting violence against the President.

      1. Herring_Burnit

        You know there are actual fucking LAWS against threatening the life of the President or anyone in direct line of succession to the Presidency (i.e., the VP, and the Speaker of the House). Not that I'd expect fucking teabaggage to know that.

      1. tessiee

        "the "uppity woman" is portrayed as a hag/crone."

        And nonetheless looks better than the best picture of Newt ever taken.

    2. tessiee

      "Nothing like a capable woman who gets things done to offend the sensibilities of an insecure boy's club"

      Yeah, just ask Hilary Clinton.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        I think this is why they back idiots like Palin, Xtine, and Miche1e: they're dopey enough to be non-threatening. For some of the GOP's more severely re†arded, this requires a profound level of dopiness.

        1. tessiee

          "I think this is why they back idiots like Palin, Xtine, and Miche1e: they're dopey enough to be non-threatening"

          I think you may be on to something there, Bubba. The former Mr. Tessie once said, "Poor people don't hate rich people; they hate smart people". Since the kind of people who hate smart women tend to be not very smart themselves, they dimly perceive Nancy, Hilary, et. al. as "ugly" and threatening. This is how we end up with people not batting an eye when Sarah smirks over a gunshot to the head that she helped incite, yet think that Michelle Obama is "angry and unhappy about everything", basically, because she exists and has voiced an opinion, ever.

  24. Rotundo_

    At least they're gaining a more sophisticated approach to messaging these days. In the the "good old days" it would have been "cill thee nigur" smeared in shit on a church or some poor souls house. In a few centuries, assuming humans still walk the earth, a reasonable creature might be able to communicate with their descendents.

    1. Scottsdalian

      "In a few centuries, assuming humans still walk the earth, "

      If there's any humans left in a hunnert years it's only cause it just takes so damn long to kill 7 billion people, but we're workin on it.

    1. gullywompr

      Maybe photoshop up a light-hearted and satirical parody of Mr. Sell as a hole-in-the-head zombie?

    2. RavenRant

      This is what I just sent:

      Be grateful that the Sedition Act is no longer in force, you despicable, traitorous, leaking sack of toxic medical waste.

      May your children wake up to see a similarly ‘light-hearted’ picture of you, you subhuman filth.

      Happy Halloween, shitheel.

  25. chascates

    Let's try to demonize everyone we disagree with:
    CURL: The very angry first lady Michelle Obama – Washington Times http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/30/c
    Michelle’s back, and she’s madder than ever. She was already pretty angry, seemingly unhappy with just about everything. As her husband wrapped up the Democratic nomination in 2008, she let fly her real feelings: “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country.”

    Constantly seeing this type of organized hate directed to idiots who only believe the right-tards makes me very unproud of my country. Eight years of lily white George W. Bush was the standard of patriotism to these fuckwads. I'm going to listen to Orson Welle's War of the Worlds broadcast to block out this bullshit.
    http://sounds.mercurytheatre.info/mercury/381030….

      1. RadioOcupados

        A huge part of the demonization is the repeating old out of context news, ad nauseum. Did you know that #OWS is anti-semitic? Just keep saying it. Over and over and over.

      2. not that Dewey

        HOLY CRAP YOU WEREN'T KIDDING

        pete838, with a Confederate flag for an avatar, writes:

        artsandcrafts23, to me it represents the spirit of independence from a tyrannical government. The will of the people to stand up to being treated like cattle. The confederacy better represents the spirit of the Founders than the other side of the same conflict.
        The founders fled England to get away from an overbearing government, and found freedom and prosperity in this new land. After shaking off the chains of one government, the South found themselves being ordered about by another government who had someone else's interest in mind, namely the Northern bankers and business men. They embraced the same spirit of independence that brought their fathers and grandfathers to the New World. If the South's secession was illegal, so was the United States secession from England. The only difference was who won the war that followed.

        Stay classy, Washington Times readers!

        1. RavenRant

          Cuz nothing sez FREEDUMB like buying and selling humans like livestock. WIN! Oh, wait… They lost. And, oddly, are still publicly fapping to their catastrophic failure.

          1. RavenRant

            "It's heritage, not hate." But their heritage is hate:

            “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery — the greatest material interest of the world.”

            Sumfin to be proud of, fer shur.

          2. RadioOcupados

            To be sure Raven. Back then, they had to convince the vast majority of people who did not own slaves, that is was economically, or whatever, necessary to maintain the peculiar institution. Even to enter into bloodbath over it. So those propaganda techniques of fear and racism are nothing new. It makes the convolutions over a 3% marginal tax rate on the job creators seem like child's play.

          3. not that Dewey

            Actually, in Pete's defense, some of the Founders were a little soft on slavery. But I'm pretty sure that's not what he meant.

        2. horsedreamer_1

          The ONION av club had musicians doing dramatic readings of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's comments section. I think they should expand into the Moonie Times.

        3. tessiee

          "The confederacy better represents the spirit of the Founders than the other side of the same conflict."

          Yeah, because nothing says "I'm in favor of freedom" quite so much as being in favor of slavery, to the point where you're willing to go to war against your own country to preserve it.

    1. RavenRant

      Gotta say, this is a paper run by the most malevolent cult leader since Jim Jones and/or Pol Pot. Anyone writing for this psychopath's rag should be ashamed afraid to be seen in public.

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        These guys make Breitfart look middle-of-the-road. I used to wonder why Murchoch hadn't bought the damn paper … then I realized, he doesn't have to.

        1. RavenRant

          'Second Coming of Christ' Moon is Murdoch's role model. Other role models: Jim Jones and Pol Pot.

          And, weirdly, none of those bastards sunk so low as to hack a murdered child's cellphone.

        2. RadioOcupados

          Another less known right wing christofascist, bullionaire we never hear about is Philip Anschutz. He owns the whole Newsmax and Examiner propaganda outlets for his "unfettered capitalism or death" machine.

          1. tessiee

            "Another less known right wing christofascist, bullionaire we never hear about is Philip Anschutz."

            Insufficiently caffeinated, I read this as "Phillip Auschwitz".

          2. imissopus

            Yeah, Anschutz is the reason I'm hesitant to ever go to L.A. Kings games. On the one hand I really like hockey. On the other hand it's more money in that freakshow's pocket. Dude is like Howard Hughes without the casinos and the long fingernails.

    2. tessiee

      "Michelle’s back, and she’s madder than ever. She was already pretty angry, seemingly unhappy with just about everything."

      Unlike Ann Coulter and Sarah Palin, who are kickass, shoot-from-the-hip babes, and not at all psychotic, right?

  26. horsedreamer_1

    Would have figured the GOP would hate Zombieland. Woody Harrelson is a pothead, Jesse Eisenberg a nebbish, not a muscular AIPAC, Jew, and Emma Stone an underclothed strumpet.

  27. DahBoner

    Well, remember how Democrats used to put bullet holes in Dubya's head, too, right?

    No?

    BECAUSE IT DIDN'T HAPPEN, RIGHTWING FUCKTARDS….

    1. tessiee

      "remember how Democrats used to put bullet holes in Dubya's head, too, right?"

      If someone had put a bullet in Dubya's *actual* head (preferably before November 2000), this country would be a lot better off right now.

      1. RavenRant

        President Cheney? I think the highest (only) accomplishment of both Bush administrations was choosing their Vice Presidents. 100% bulletproof assassination insurance.

        1. tessiee

          "President Cheney?"

          Hence my inclusion of (preferably before November 2000),

          Ever watch the episode of Family Guy where Peter time travels to the past, changes something, and then returns to a present where Al Gore became President in 2000, so no war, no 9/11, lots of scientific advances? It's supposed to be funny, and in some spots it is (or as funny as that show ever gets, anyway), but I can't watch it without feeling a bit sad. It will take us, as a country, decades to get back to where we were before November 2000, if we ever do, and generations to get to the point where we could have been right now.

  28. gullywompr

    As a resident of Loudoun County, I can assure you, the local Republicans are neither light-hearted nor satirical. They will scream "baby-killer!" at you, two inches from your face, wild-eyed, and dead serious. No exaggeration, no snark, no kidding.

    1. tessiee

      "the local Republicans are neither light-hearted nor satirical. They will scream "baby-killer!" at you, two inches from your face, wild-eyed"

      That IS light-hearted… for them.
      You can tell the difference, cause when they're not light-hearted, they shoot you.

  29. e_z

    Other than the Hill High Orchard store in Round Hill, Loudon County doesn't have much going for it. Come to think of it, I don't think they make their own pies anymore. That leaves Loudon with nothing to reccomend.

  30. RavenRant

    When you have 'Serious Thinker' Newt 'Serial Adulterer' Gingrich saying Obama is a bigger threat to America than the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany combined, and you have the de facto head of the republican party, Limbaugh, saying Obama is a Muslim who is sending troops to "wipe out Christians" in Africa, it's not too hard to figure out they know they can't beat him at the polls. They are openly inciting assassination.

      1. RavenRant

        Yeah, my point is that 'mainstream, moderate republicans' have been inciting lethal violence against Barack Obama since mid-2008.

        I'd link, but i don't have time to link 10,000 times.

        1. RadioOcupados

          It's not hard to imagine what's to the right of these vocal vermin. And at the same time, one of their relentless talking points over the last week has been that some Nazi group is supporting OWS. And, of course, the Communists too. Over, over and over.

    1. tessiee

      "comedy doesn't always have to be about murder, dismemberment, racism and rape"

      True — there's always dicks, boogers, and farts.

  31. owhatever

    Aw, shucks. We were just funnin' about the Annointed One from Kenya. We don't want to leave the impression that shootin' that community organizer in the head was something we Republicans support. Chains tied to the back of pickups work just fine on the darkies. And there's always lynchin'. Knives. Lots of alternatives. Long as he … well, you know … dies.

  32. Dok-cupy Everything

    Well, you see, it's OK to shoot ZOMBIE Obama, because the Undead are not natural-born citizens.

  33. Dok-cupy Everything

    Asked for comment, a spokesperson for The Dead Kennedys said the image was "in poor taste."

  34. ttommyunger

    Considering how miserable I was during our terrible eight years of the Smirking Chimp, it is wonderful to see and know how miserable these racist fucktards are (I know their hatred is fueled by the fact that he is near). Makes me want four more years of Barry for all the wrong reasons, even though it feels so right. Suffer, bitches.

    1. RavenRant

      If it turns out to be Obama vs. Cain, (which it won't be, for obvious reasons), it would be fun to watch old white guy heads splode from border to border,

      1. Biel_ze_Bubba

        You'd have a third party candidate up and running faster than you can say "white male, stat!"

  35. Negropolis

    I'd never have to be afraid of a Republican zombie. The real zombies want brains. What the Republican zombies would want I have no fucking idea.

  36. LetUsBray

    This unending tide of vile, hate-filled shit makes me think I was far too reasonable, polite, and just plain nice about Cowboy Caligula when what over-privileged war criminal sot was in the White House. I'll try my best to regard the next Rethuglican in that position more appropriately.

    1. tessiee

      "Cowboy Caligula"

      Fun fact: did you know that Caligula translates from the Latin into "little boot"? So Cowboy Caligula would mean "little cowboy boot". It would be a cute nickname if only it didn't refer to a thoroughly worthless and loathsome "human being".

  37. Troglodeity

    "Nothing could be further from the truth…"

    Really? NOTHING?

    How about Cain being a serial sex harasser? That's a little closer to the truth, eh?

  38. Beanball

    You have to understand that these people literally have no concept of what "bigotry" is.

    As far as they are concerned, this is the way it was, is and should always be.

    1. tessiee

      I actually heard someone say, within my actual hearing (I'm being somewhat redundant here, because I still don't quite believe it): "I'm not a racist, I just don't like niggers".
      They were NOT kididng and NOT aware of the incongruity.
      I'm still shaking my head over that little gem.

  39. fuflans

    i was going to try to match the many witty comments here, but fuck all. this just makes me sad (again) for my country.

  40. fuflans

    oh wait.

    i will drag myself out of my languid (cabernet soaked) reflection on nihilism and/or the perils of representative democracy to say:

    "comedy is hard motherfuckers. leave it to the pros."

  41. tessiee

    I guess I must have missed the *rhetorical metaphor* of the illustration of a gunshot head. You know, it's like that shit licker Bank of America CEO said, I need to start thinking.

  42. tessiee

    Explanation of how the hole depicted in the President's head is actually from a *surveyor's* bullet in 3… 2…

  43. schvitzatura

    The foulest stench is in the air
    The funk of forty thousand years

    Or at least the last forty or so; see GOP "Southern strategy"…

  44. Soylent Green

    I googled for DubYa pics of similiar circumstance. How unamerican! They're on European web sites.

  45. donner_froh

    Looks like the moderate wing of the Loudoun County Republicans won the fight about the Halloween card; the hard core wanted to use a photoshop of the President as a lynching victim.

    1. horsedreamer_1

      Thusly, Joe Klein and Mike Barnicle don't see what the big deal is.

      Also, both sides do it, anyway.

  46. Redhead

    ":some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the president as a victim of a violent crime. Nothing could be further from the truth"

    Of course not – in their minds, it shows Obama as the guilty, deserving recipient of patriotic justice. I very much believe they never meant to portray him as a victim or anything else sympathetic.

  47. LiveToServeYa

    Indeed. Someone should kindly send them the Wonkette Boener-as-Oompa-Loompa pic to show them how it's done. Perhaps send it to them many times for reinforcement.

  48. not that Dewey

    So, Loudoun County is in Fake Virginia, but the Republican Party of Real Virginia has denounced the emailer? What a bunch of VINOs.

  49. freakishlywrong

    But..but..David Plouffe went on MTP and said Mittens didn't have a core! According to wingtards, that's much more incendiary than some little Halloween prank depicting POTUS as an assassinated zombie. Outrage! No core!

  50. Ruhe

    " faulty artistic interpretation is the problem here"
    Anybody else remember how Jack Kevorkian used to say that his paintings were not open to interpretation, they meant what he said they meant. Yeah, like that.

    On a positive note, I think it is interesting that the bullet to the cranium seems to have not been sufficient to put the President down. Go! Zombie Obama!

  51. thefrontpage

    Hey, asshole moron idiot Loudoun County Republicans, Sell, the Virginia Republican Party and anyone involved in sending out this completely offensive thing: You are assholes. You didn't think that sending out a picture of the President as a zombie with a bullet wound in his head would be found stupid and offensive? You're that stupid? The Republicans in Loudound County should be dragged out to a public stock, and made up with make-up to look as if they were shot, and then displayed in the middle of the county at a busy intersection for six hours. That should get the point across. What a bunch of stupid morons in that county!

  52. EBGrey

    Sincere apology = "We are sorry we left that impression."

    Insincere, douchbag apology = "We are sorry IF that was the impression that was left."

    …Who left the impression? We don't know! But we sure are sorry, to the extent anyone actually had such an impression, which is highly unlikely.

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