Name That Party — the Party version; Update: New logo!

posted at 3:01 pm on October 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

We’ve seen Democrats in individual races avoid mentioning their party affiliation in order to hide their connection to Nancy Pelosi — for instance, in Indiana’s 2nd CD with Joe Donnelly, or Bobby Bright in Alabama.  The New York Times reports that these are no isolated incidents.  Playing Name That Party used to be a pastime just  for the media, but now Democrats in the Empire State have decided to play along, too, and around the country:

One New York Democrat proclaims that he proudly opposed the federal government’s health care overhaul plan. Another one pledges, in the finest Tea Party spirit, to oppose any future financial bailouts. Still another has rolled out three Republicans in three separate commercials, all vouching for his credentials.

But there is one word you will not hear mentioned in any of these campaign advertisements: Democrat.

With the Democratic Party bracing for a dismal showing in the elections next month, many candidates are doing everything possible to convince voters that they are not tied at the hip to President Obama or Nancy Pelosi, the House speaker. A vulnerable Democratic incumbent in North Dakota, Representative Earl Pomeroy, praises former President George W. Bush in one of his commercials. But even Democrats in and near New York State are running away from their party.

The Times’ article mainly focuses on New York Democrats and their evasive maneuvers to keep voters from guessing their party affiliation.  This is in New York, a state liberal enough to have elected Chuck Schumer to the Senate and later to send carpetbagging First Lady Hillary Clinton to join him.  In North Dakota, one would expect a Democrat to keep his party affiliation quiet, as Republicans vastly outnumber Democrats … but New York?

This shows the brand damage done to the Democrats by the Left wing that has controlled it for the last two decades.  Even those moderates that they managed to elect in 2006 and 2008 wound up getting steamrolled by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, making them window dressing for the radical agenda enabled by Barack Obama’s election.  Now they face the loss of not just the Blue Dog seats but perhaps dozens of more traditional constituencies as well after a historic spending binge and expansion of the regulatory state.

Remember the old TV commercials when advertisers compared their products to “Brand X”?  Democrats now want to claim that label for themselves.

Update: Democrats made a big hullabaloo over their new logo.  Maybe they should have come up with something like this, with apologies to His Purpleness:


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Remember the old TV commercials when advertisers compared their products to “Brand X”? Democrats now want to claim that label for themselves.

Don’t they still do those types of commercials?

upinak on October 5, 2010 at 3:04 PM

But there is one word you will not hear mentioned in any of these campaign advertisements: Democrat.

Call them from here on out “The Party That Shall Remain Nameless”…

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Remember the old TV commercials when advertisers compared their products to “Brand X”?

we are dating ourselves if we say yes, but, alas….yes–I do remember.

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Our home does the homework to know who we will be voting for, with or without a d or r in the ads or signs. We know that the smears will be coming fast and furious the closer we come to Nov.2 but it will not change our minds. We can hardly wait to vote to see if we can make dc a somewhat less ‘crater our Republic’!
L

letget on October 5, 2010 at 3:09 PM

In 2006 and 2008 the Democrats ran as moderate to conservative on everything except for the WoT.

Since then they’ve governed as far leftwingers.

I don’t think anyone is surprised that there is anger in the electorate, but I think the Democrats are surprised by how angry the mushy middle is over being lied to.

18-1 on October 5, 2010 at 3:10 PM

You know, if you take the letter ‘D’, and a couple little lines to the bottom, it looks like the letter ‘R’.

percysunshine on October 5, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Anyone who voted for a Democrat in the last election should be wearing a bag over their head at this point.

Anyone who is a Democrat politician should resign, give up their citizenship and leave the country for good.

It’s the least they can do.

NoDonkey on October 5, 2010 at 3:11 PM

The evolution of the Democrats:
http://ejhill1925.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/democrats.jpg

RBMN on October 5, 2010 at 3:11 PM

I’m shocked the NYT even mentioned this.

INC on October 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Remember the old TV commercials when advertisers compared their products to “Brand X”? Democrats now want to claim that label for themselves.

Obamacare is owned by the democrat party. Good luck distancing yourself from that. Even if a few politicians get away with this kind of nonsense this year, it will not be forgotten for a long time. That is why Obama will not be re-elected.

Mord on October 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Maybe using the word democrat leaves a bad taste in their mouths? Perhaps they’re biding their time, til they feel save coming out of the closet, and finally admitting they’re communists? I’ve no doubts that’s a word they love to say over, and over.

If only the uneducated peasants would learn to accept that word as a good thing.

capejasmine on October 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

18-1 on October 5, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Not only do Democrats lie, they insult our intelligence by telling us that they didn’t lie.

Democrats really do think we’re all complete idiots.

NoDonkey on October 5, 2010 at 3:12 PM

But I thought that it was established journalist best practices not to mention the party of the person caught in wrongdoing if they are Democrats? It would not do to change that just because the wrongdoing is Obamacare, TARP, as well as various and sundry Stimuli etc. now would it?

Lily on October 5, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I get the point.

But to be fair, how many Republican candidates are hiding their affiliation in their ads? (I don’t know- I’m asking.)

Bat Chain Puller on October 5, 2010 at 3:14 PM

“The party that dare not speak its name…”

Akzed on October 5, 2010 at 3:14 PM

how many Republican candidates are hiding their affiliation in their ads? (I don’t know- I’m asking.) Bat Chain Puller on October 5, 2010 at 3:14 PM

4.7

Akzed on October 5, 2010 at 3:15 PM

ObamaCare, the greatest thing for mankind since the invention of the wheel and demorats are afraid to talk about it.

Bishop on October 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Just call ‘em the “D-Holes”….

goes wit the logo.

.
jus sayin’

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Obamacare is owned by the democrat party.

Did they keep the pandora’s box it came in?

NoDonkey on October 5, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Let’s make 2010 a clean sweep!

Vote Democrats OUT OF OFFICE at the Federal, State and Local levels!

Every Democrat politician needs to understand how much damage Obama, Pelosi and Reid have done to the Democrat party!

wren on October 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Call them from here on out “The Party That Shall Remain Nameless”…

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 3:05 PM

They can follow suit with the pop singer Prince and call themselves “The Rep formerly know as a Democrat”…or go all the way and just change their name to a symbol – their new Democrat logo that resembles a toilet bowl should work fine.

miConsevative on October 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

So what’s wrong with “Brand X”? They were a pretty decent band.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=brand+x

NeighborhoodCatLady on October 5, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Just call ‘em the “D-Holes”….

goes wit the logo.

.
jus sayin’

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 3:16 PM

ROFLMAO!!! That’s very clever!

capejasmine on October 5, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Neither party’s branding is attractive. I’m not spineless enough to be either an Independent or a Moderate, so I’ve taken to calling myself a Libertarian or a Freedomist (the latter a made-up description).

beatcanvas on October 5, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Heck, even up here in Conn, Blumenthal’s website doesn’t mention “Democrat” anywhere on the homepage. Or his bumper stickers…which I’m proud to say I haven’t seen a single one on the back of any car.

JetBoy on October 5, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Who ‘D’at?

percysunshine on October 5, 2010 at 3:22 PM

wren on October 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Vote OUT all elected liberals at all levels of government.

Much more to the point, and with enhanced accuracy. ;-)

itzWicks on October 5, 2010 at 3:24 PM

“The party of the guilty shall remain nameless, to protect you the voter”

Didn’t Roman emperors have words stricken from the populus vocabulary?….”that, the name of the party, shall not be spoken…”

Better yet, the OJ effect in full rigor, the “D-word.”

elowe on October 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Reminds me of that Monty Python skit where people can’t tell the difference between a stick of Whizzo butter and a dead crab.

pilamaye on October 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Watch that Crazy Christine ad again, and tell me where she mentions the word “Republican.”

BradSchwartze on October 5, 2010 at 3:27 PM

or go all the way and just change their name to a symbol – their new Democrat logo that resembles a toilet bowl should work fine.

miConsevative on October 5, 2010 at 3:19 PM

What goes in the toilet bowl is the BEST symbol for the Democrat Party.

It’s what I think of when I think “Democrat”.

NoDonkey on October 5, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Or:
http://i55.tinypic.com/30swow6.jpg

RBMN on October 5, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Scott Murphy is running as far away from Nancy Pelosi as he can, even as he continues to be one of her pets in the House. He signed that memo to Pelosi requesting a vote to extend the Bush tax cuts, then voted to adjourn.

But hey! He’s got a big family! Just look at his ads!

Red Cloud on October 5, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Maybe they should have come up with something like this, with apologies to His Purpleness:

Hahahaha

darwin on October 5, 2010 at 3:34 PM

We already made bumper stickers with this:

http://bit.ly/aklHmG

debg on October 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Yet last year Holder’s Justice Department intervened in a SC election, and insisted that party affiliation be noted on the ballot in a local election. So the people could know who was the party of pork, perhaps.

Wethal on October 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Red Cloud on October 5, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Yes, it would be terrible for him to lose his job in this crappy economy.

That he helped to create, BTW.

NoDonkey on October 5, 2010 at 3:38 PM

heh!

the Politicians Formerly Known as Democrats…..

the first album had a hit “Party Like it’s 1999″ is now going to be followed up by “Nancy’s Pain”…

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 3:39 PM

This shows the brand damage done to the Democrats by the Left wing that has controlled it for the last two decades.

Don’t you mean cycles, Ed? Bill Clinton may have been a lot of unsavory things, but far-left flaming liberal was not one of them.

Kafir on October 5, 2010 at 3:39 PM

The Politicians Formerly Known as Democrats.

Love it.

Good Lt on October 5, 2010 at 3:40 PM

From the people who brought you Obamacare!

Chip on October 5, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Kafir on October 5, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Disagree.

Clinton’s demon spawn includes:
- Eric Holder
- Al Gore
- Hillary Clinton
- Janet Reno
- Robert Reich

I’m sure there are many more scum that came out of the Clinton crime family that I can’t remember.

Not to mention, Bill Clinton has campaigned for and has staunchly defended this incompetent, far-left clown in the White House.

NoDonkey on October 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

with apologies to His Purpleness:

Purple Rain on November 2nd.

portlandon on October 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

I think it’s a perfect DEM logo. It has the new “D” in it. It’s encircled by an “O” for Obama. Underneath it looks similar to an “F” for F-you to the American public and a down arrow for the economy. /s

Simply brilliant, Ed!

Oink on October 5, 2010 at 3:47 PM

They could go the Harry-Potter-Voldemort route and start calling themselves “You know who” and “They who must not be named.”

The thing is, if “Democrat” is that toxic right now, not giving their party affiliation isn’t going to help. It’s on the ballot.

crazy_legs on October 5, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Straight R ticket – its the only answer.

txmomof6 on October 5, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Wethal on October 5, 2010 at 3:36 PM

It was in Kinston, North Carolina (lived there in my earliest years as a hoot).

ya2daup on October 5, 2010 at 3:51 PM

I’m sure there are many more scum that came out of the Clinton crime family that I can’t remember.

Not to mention, Bill Clinton has campaigned for and has staunchly defended this incompetent, far-left clown in the White House.

NoDonkey on October 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Wanna talk damage, try Rahm and Podesta.

txmomof6 on October 5, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Maybe if we can get a liberal to say “democrat” 3 times, they will go back to purgatory….

elowe on October 5, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Purple Rain on November 2nd.

portlandon on October 5, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Did you mean Red Rain?

eyesky on October 5, 2010 at 3:54 PM

txmomof6 on October 5, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Uh, in my neighborhood, straight ticket R will get you voting for Dan Maes for governor. Not a good idea, IMHO, especially if nearly every CO Republican not running for office (and even some who are) is endorsing Tom Tancredo.

BradSchwartze on October 5, 2010 at 3:54 PM

“Eww, whaddya got to wash this horrible taste outta my mouth?”
“Mountain Dew or crab juice”
“Blech! Gimme a crab juice!”

Lanceman on October 5, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Gary Peters 9th district Michigan is sort of kind of pretending he’s an independent or something. He voted for health care and Cap & Trade. http://www.petersforcongress.com/index.asp
Unfortunately, there will be dinks that go for this guy again. He’s even launched bald faced lie-ads against his opponent Rocky Raczkowski who is rightly suing him for defamation of character.

Candy Slice on October 5, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Update: Democrats made a big hullabaloo over their new logo. Maybe they should have come up with something like this, with apologies to His Purpleness:

I would interpret that symbol to mean. The ‘D’s’ goin’ to Hades while blowin’ a horn. Weird

midlander on October 5, 2010 at 4:08 PM

this is a thread that needs some music….

you know you wanna dance….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzvW_XQsrFA

g’head.

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 4:09 PM

In honor of Bawney Fwank…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUoDgW8Pnc4&feature=related

heh.

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 4:10 PM

And for a trip in the waayyy back machine to the B side of Purple Rain….

a lil’ ditty for Nikki Haley in SC
//////

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XmxijQfMow

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Oh what fun

It is to watch

The Demmi’s run

From ۞bama’s taint.

hillbillyjim on October 5, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Call them from here on out “The Party That Shall Remain Nameless”…

ted c on October 5, 2010 at 3:05 PM

When I read your comment, the first thing that came to my mind was the old, “The Sin that dare not speak it’s name”. How appropriate.

oldleprechaun on October 5, 2010 at 4:27 PM

The Party Formerly Known as Democrat…

Haiku Guy on October 5, 2010 at 4:28 PM

So all Democrats are pretending to be RINOs this year?

Ogabe on October 5, 2010 at 4:30 PM

The party formerly known as relevant!

abobo on October 5, 2010 at 4:31 PM

It’s MY Party!

Poor darlings.

Caststeel on October 5, 2010 at 4:38 PM

It’s probably an insult to dogs

Caststeel on October 5, 2010 at 4:40 PM

I guess the “Demonrat” word is now SO holy that no one is allowed to speak it out-loud — or, at least, that’s how they’ll be trying to spin this.

My collie says:

Trust me. This tactic is going to be about as successful as that whole flirtation with “generic foods” was some 30 years ago.

Hey! That’s a GREAT idea, collie. All Demonrats should be forced to campaign in plain white clothing, and all their campaign signs should be stark white with sans-serif black lettering.

CyberCipher on October 5, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Calling Sarjex:

This topic is crying out for your mad snarktoon powers.

hillbillyjim on October 5, 2010 at 4:50 PM

In North Dakota, one would expect a Democrat to keep his party affiliation quiet, as Republicans vastly outnumber Democrats … but New York?

In true-blue Connecticut, Linda McMahon’s yard signs don’t mention that she’s a Republican, or even her last name. Just “Linda” in big white letters on a navy-blue background, and “LindaUSSenate2010″ in small letters.

Yard signs for all the Democrat candidates in the Hartford area (not only Blumenthal, but also for Governor, US House, and State Reps) all have the word “Democrat”.

Yard signs for Ann Brickley (1st district House candidate) also don’t mention that she’s a Republican. In this state, you’re proud to be a Democrat, then there’s the “other” candidate. Like Linda’s slogan, “a different kind of Senator”.

In Connecticut, “the party that shall not be named” begins with R.

Steve Z on October 5, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Well they tried and are trying to use “progressives”, instead of liberals.

right2bright on October 5, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Wait…these are the same papers who were, just a few months ago, touting that the Republicans are no longer of any relevance. That it would take years to rebuild their brand…it may be decades before they regain power…my how time flies when you are having fun…

right2bright on October 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM

The Party Formerly Known As “Oh, crap, here they come again”

mojo on October 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Wait…these are the same papers who were, just a few months ago, touting that the Republicans are no longer of any relevance. That it would take years to rebuild their brand…it may be decades before they regain power…my how time flies when you are having fun…

right2bright on October 5, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Remember all the “next fifty years of Democratic rule” garbage that we kept hearing about?

My collie says:

Actually, the explanation is rather simple. You see, for every dog year, there are seven Democrat years. Voici:

1 solar yr * 7 dog yrs/solar yr * 7 Democrat yrs/dog yr

YOU do the math.

By my calculations, time is up, Demonrats.

CyberCipher on October 5, 2010 at 5:36 PM

In Connecticut, “the party that shall not be named” begins with R.

Steve Z on October 5, 2010 at 4:53 PM

Do you live in the Hartford area? I’m down on the “Gold Coast” in Fairfield Cty, and so far haven’t seen any yard signs or even bumper stickers for either candidate. Even around here, where a house painter isn’t allowed to put up a similar sized lawn sign with his painting co. name on it, lest it “clutter” the town up, there are usually plenty of political signs around. Haven’t seen a one. Wondering if, come election day, turnout will real low…due to voter apathy. Of course, I hope not.

But yeah, I mentioned above that Blumey’s website makes no democrat mention…but also, Linda2010 makes no republican mention either. Kinda strange.

JetBoy on October 5, 2010 at 5:36 PM

btw that logo is teh awesome…did Ed come up with that? Me thinks me job might be in jeopardy…

JetBoy on October 5, 2010 at 5:37 PM

“The Party, formerly known as Democrats”

CynicalOptimist on October 5, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Looks like the top of a rod iron fence from the 17 and 1800s

TheBigOldDog on October 5, 2010 at 5:40 PM

Is this logo for the Party formerly known as Democrats

J_Crater on October 5, 2010 at 5:42 PM

One of our KS congressional candidates, Democrat Raj Goyle, also forgets to mention his party affiliation in his ads. In fact, his website home page doesn’t mention it either and even has a big banner headline: “Good ideas don’t come with a party label. All that matters is whether it’s right for Kansas.” LOL.

KS Rex on October 5, 2010 at 5:43 PM

This shows the brand damage done to the Democrats by the Left wing that has controlled it for the last two decades.

I first read that as “brain damage.”

I like mine better.

pain train on October 5, 2010 at 5:49 PM

Obowma’s over
opps, outta time.
It’s time to tea party
like it’s 1769.

dthorny on October 5, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Their real logo is here http://cpusa.org/

esnap on October 5, 2010 at 7:38 PM

The new logo D in the Oh or Doh! put on little yellow canisters with diverse colors of clay inside.
Doh! Matter that changes.

Gle3nn on October 5, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Sounds like a Cthulhoid group… maybe they are really part of The Cult of the Bloody Tongue, but dare not speak its name.

Perhaps they are just a bit shy and need some coaxing. Possibly some encouragement to join a 12-Step Program or a de-programming group to get out of the Cult of That Which Must Not Be Named Lest It Legislate Too Much.

Actually, that sounds pretty scary…

ajacksonian on October 5, 2010 at 9:56 PM

Commercial announcer:
We’ve secretly replace the Democrat Party with a group of Marxist radicals. Let’s see if the country will notice…

mizflame98 on October 6, 2010 at 7:54 AM

The new logo D in the Oh or Doh! put on little yellow canisters with diverse colors of clay inside.
Doh! Matter that changes.

Gle3nn on October 5, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Actually, this DOH would be more appropriate.

mizflame98 on October 6, 2010 at 8:11 AM

“When you are afraid to mention your party affiliation perhaps we should take notice and not vote for you or your party.”

{^_^}

herself on October 6, 2010 at 5:24 PM