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This Halloween you get an extra Election Collection treat!

“Even the Great Pumpkin is Voting for Nixon-Agnew” states this pumpkin-shaped door hanger. The Peanuts special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown first aired 50 years ago in 1966. This sign, likely produced for Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew’s 1968 campaign, builds off of the program’s popularity as well as the fact that Halloween and election day fall so close together. 

Do you have any other Great Pumpkin campaign memorabilia, @richardnixonlibrary?

Also last point, to the people calling me a liar about how a possible third-party run by Sanders could split the Dem vote in half and thus give Trump the presidency, i give you my examples i presented:

1912 election:

Roosevelt quits the Republican Party and joins the Progressive Party, Roosevelt, a former Republican with Republican leaning views, splits the GOP vote and Democrat Woodrow Wilson wins most of the electoral votes as a result. (this was even in a time when the GOP dominated the presidency until FDR, Woodrow wouldn’t have won without the split vote.)

1968 election:

George Wallace, a Democrat, leaves the Democratic party and attracts southern Democrats who had segregationist views to his third-party run. Look how close the vote was between the Dems and the GOP, the Democrats barely lost the vote to Nixon because of the third-party Wallace run and his millions of third party votes away from the GOP.

2000 election:

Very, very tight election race between Gore and Bush, but it was made worse when Nader attracted liberal voters away from the Democrats, Nader was on the ballot in 43 states and DC, and he made enough of an impact to lessen the Democrat’s vote against the GOP, Gore’s popular vote was not enough to win as many people in those 43 states voted Nader instead of aiding the Democrat vote.

So yeah, call me a corporate, paid-by-Hillary crony or whatever the fuck you wanna call me, but this is just basic history and this is no conspiracy bullcrap, it’s just basic truth. :/

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In spite of the romanticized garbage Lady Gaga spilled out in American Horror Story: Hotel, the 1970s were not an endless disco orgy and glittery debauchery.  The 1970s were actually a very conservative time.  America in the 1970s is the America that voted for Richard Nixon  and would eventually vote for Ronald Reagan.  Which means fashion and beauty ads were whitebread AS FUCK.  Seriously, I’ve been making a conscious point of including as many PoC as possible in my fashion lecture (if somebody wanted to do a history of Western fashion without White people, that would be very possible and TOTALLY AWESOME), but when it came to finding WoC examples of the natural-looking makeup of the 70s, I couldn’t find any!  Not only were fashion and beauty ads full of nothing but White beauty, it was a very specific kind of White beauty: long blonde hair, blue eyes, athletic body, and a California tan.

Okay, I’m going to try very hard not to be That Old Person Talking Politics, right? Or at least not That Old Person Being Condescending About Politics.

Here’s the thing about memes and the election: Even if you love your candidate, painting their primary rival as the worst thing ever, is very very bad. It makes it a lot harder to vote for that rival if they win the nomination.

I’m not saying that you shouldn’t examine each candidate’s stand on the issues you care about. I’m not saying you shouldn’t get really excited about your candidate. I’m just asking for people to not be out and out hating on The Other Democrat Candidate in a really personal way. Because there’s only one person you’re helping there and that’s the Republican candidate.

Once upon a time, That Old Person Talking Politics told me something really valuable. I was bitching a little to my mom about my first presidential election, because really, Walter Mondale?  I wanted to vote for someone who really inspired me and Mondale wasn’t inspiring at all. (I had to look him up just now to see if he was still alive. He is.)

And Mom said that in more elections than not, she’d voted against someone rather than for someone. She actually switched parties back in the early ‘60s to vote against Nixon, not because she liked JFK. (She’s been a Democrat since then because Reagan but never mind that.)

She said, “Mondale or Reagan?”  Put like that, it was total no-brainer.  

Bernie or Trump? Total no-brainer.

Hillary or Trump? Total no-brainer.