Attack Slogans Are the Most Fun
By Al Kamen
Wednesday, July 7, 2004; Page A17
And now, the winners in the In the Loop Campaign Slogan Contest. This was to pick slogans that will clinch victory in November for President Bush or Sen. John F. Kerry.
Some entries were flatly pro-Bush or pro-Kerry, but others could go either way depending on the audience. The most fun slogans tended to be anti the other guy. So, in no particular order, here are the judges' picks.
For the Kerry campaign:
• "Bring back complete sentences" -- Catherine Smith, an operations manager of a trade show supply company in Atlanta.
• "Elect a man who can pronounce 'nuclear' " -- Martha Menard, a retired teacher in Murfreesboro, Ill.
• "A leader, not a mis-leader" -- Rich Carroll, a New York elementary school teacher.
• "Teach the Iraqi people a lesson in democracy. Elect Kerry!" -- Retired historical theology university professor Michael D. Ryan of Mitchell, S.D.
• "It's Skull and Bones, not Numbskull and Bones" -- Retired bureaucrat Ray Samuel of New York.
• "Let's make ketchup a vegetable again" -- Joshua Smith of Sun Prairie, Wis., a policy analyst at the state legislature.
• "GWB is the WMD" -- Dick Bauman, an insurance claims manager from Blacksburg, Va.
• "Swift boat #44 to president #44" -- Chris Reier, who works for the Jacksonville, Fla., Jaguars football team.
• "John Kerry -- On Your Side. (You Decide -- Either side is fine with me.)" -- Charles Carswell, a building inspector from Millen, Ga.
For the Bush campaign:
• "It's still my turn" -- Jim Blue, a retired civil servant from Darnestown .
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