Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bumpah Stickahs: Turning a bumper into a bullhorn

He's only been in office for three months or so, but Maine Gov. Paul LePage has made quite a name for himself already, albeit for all the wrong reasons. A Republican who was elected last November with 38 percent of the vote in a five-way race, LePage has been saying and doing inflammatory things, such as telling the NAACP to "kiss my butt" and joking that the only risk posed by a chemical additive used in plastics is that it might cause women to grow "little beards."

So it's not surprising that bumper stickers have cropped up poking fun at the guy. One that has been around for a while says 61 percent of Mainers voted for someone else in the governor's race. (Actually, it was 62 percent, but let's not quibble.) Then I spotted a new one yesterday. It shows LePage with a smirk on his phiz and a slogan that reads:
I should've stopped him
when I saw him
at Marden's
Here's the background for you non-Mainers out there. Before he was elected governor, LePage ran a chain of Maine salvage and surplus stores called Marden's. The chain advertises heavily, especially on television. So heavily, in fact, that it would be hard to find a Mainer who has not heard the jingle that closes all of those ubiquitous commercials: "I should have bought it when I saw it at Marden's."

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