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Apr 23, 2008

Pennsylvania '08


I've been harboring this shot for almost a month now.  Having led the Chicago Tribune Election '08 photo gallery, it seems to perfectly frame last night's demographic tale almost perfectly, the candidate fused with the hard hat, the blue collar white male, the hard-scrabble guy (who interjects himself here so his woman with the disposable might bag the trophy).

Was it just me, or did those six weeks -- and all the stereotyped images -- seem to last forever?

Clinton Outduels Obama in Primary (NYT)
Election 2008 photo gallery (

(image: Charles Dharapak / AP.  March 19, 2008. via caption: Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton poses for a photo with miner Jake Hudson of Witcher Creek, W.Va., at a campaign rally in Capital High School in Charleston, W.Va.)


So is the hard hat guy and his lady gonna vote for Obama in November or McSame?


Ummm, anyone notice that his shirt is squeaky clean? Is he on his way to work and just happened to stop by with his helmet?

Central casting, anyone?

It did last forever and I hated it. I do think the hardhat fits the moment. So does the schoolbus yellow clothing, which blares to me like a traffic sign: Yield!

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