McCain Does NOT Equal Bush
But the Secret Service detail assigned to John McCain disagrees, which is why they sicced police on an old woman holding a handmade “McCain = Bush” poster at an open-to-the-public campaign rally on July 7, as seen in this recently posted YouTube video.Warning: the video’s editor went way overboard with his use of the “ominous silent pause for a brief explanation” technique. And while I understand and agree with the grave seriousness of the whole continued-erosion-of-free-speech thing, I also know there’s no point trying to be ominous in a video showing a guy wearing a bright green full-body vegetable costume depicting Bush and McCain as two peas in a pod.
But that guy only appears once, just before the first footage of Cindy Kreck, the sign-carrying librarian cited for trespassing (and later due in court). When the videographer interviews her at the end, she asks, “Why would Republicans who voted for Bush find it offensive that a sign says Bush equals McCain or McCain equals Bush? Why is that offensive?”
The answer ties in with reason number 19,477 I’ll never be a successful politician: presidents who know the Secret Service distrusts citizens who compare them to their own party’s candidates probably aren't supposed to take it as a compliment. But if I ever learned the Secret Service considered me-comparisons a threat, I’d work this into my resume and every conversation I have for the rest of my life.
“I notice you’re wearing black shoes! They remind me of the black shoes *I* wore that time the Secret Service kicked a little old lady out of a campaign rally because she had a poster comparing the candidate to me.” (Pause before continuing in a much lower voice.) “I never told them I was bad news. They figured it out on their own.”
(Found on Metafilter.)