Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Am I hallucinating? The GOP is selling pink elephants

Today I was forwarded an email that asks GOP supporters to donate to the Republican Party, and in exchange for a contribution of $35 or more one gets to "Meet Maxine," a pink elephant "plush toy" that is "the newest member of the Republican National Committee." Click here to see Maxine.

In part, the pitch reads as follows: "Embroidered with the official logo of the RNC, Maxine proudly shows off her allegiance to the Republican Party's principles of lower taxes, a strong national defense, limited government and personal responsibility. Maxine is a wonderful plush toy available for a limited time to our most loyal supporters...."

Never mind the fact that pink elephants are strongly associated with drunken hallucinations. Or the fact that the GOP typically shies away from the color pink. Maybe this is an attempt to appeal to the more repressed members of the Party? Anyone care to weigh in on this?