(Tony Auth via GoComics.com)
Romney’s misbegotten “47%” meme looks to be the next ‘We Are the 99%’. Dave Weigel at Slate:
WOODBRIDGE, Va. — Presidential events are tightly controlled festivals of messaging, security, and cant. A crowd full of people holding home-made signs looks nice, but incoherent. Better to give all of the faithful identical banners, so the cameras capture nothing else.
In the overflow section of today’s Obama rally, some wily supporters got past the strictures by messaging on their hands and event tickets. The preferred message: WE ARE THE 47%. Basu Shrestha and his wife arrived early at the rally, then stuck “WE ARE THE 47%” tickets above their eyeglasses.
“I pay income tax,” said Shrestha, “but I’m holding this up out of solidarity. The president’s looking out for a lot of people.”…
Standing at the other side of the baseball diamond, I met a voter who introduced herself as “Beverly Reader, M.D.,” and wanted everyone to know that she was one of the 53 percent. “I make $300,000, and I’m ready to pay more taxes. I don’t think people who make less than me are lazy.”
Apart from waiting, as Mr. Pierce phrases it, for “smarter people than me… to pick through the 2011 return, pointing out all the little ways that smart rich people can game the system… as further reinforcement of everything that’s causing virtually the entire political system to cough up a hairball at the mention of your candidate’s name”, what’s on the agenda for the start of the weekend and tomorrow’s autumnal equinox?