img src=”http://store.barackobama.com/v/vspfiles/photos/BS26747-1.jpg” align=rightI saw a mini-van this afternoon with Obama bumper stickers plastered on the back that read “Latinos for Obama” and “Women for Obama” (I wish I’d had my camera on me but since I am now a href=”http://pjmedia.com/blog/ask-dr-helen-living-like-one-of-the-guys/”carrying a wallet/a instead of a purse, I never have anything–this experiment won’t last long). Anyway, the other day, I saw a McCain bumper sticker. In contrast to the Obama one, it was plain, just said “McCain President.” br /br /img src=”http://store.barackobama.com/v/vspfiles/photos/BS15894-1.jpg” align=rightI looked up both of the official websites of the two candidates and got a kick out of the differences in the bumper stickers and logos. a href=”http://store.johnmccain.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=22″Here are McCain’s bumper stickers/a– note that they are plain although there is one that says “Veterans for McCain.” a href=”http://store.barackobama.com/Stickers_s/500.htm”Obama’s bumper stickers,/a in contrast, run the gamut from “African Americans for Obama,” to “Latinos for Obama” to “Women for Obama” all the way to “Asian Americans/ Pacific Islanders” for Obama.” I have to hand it to him, he does include “Republicans for Obama,” but why break everyone up into every group imaginable? Good grief. I thought Obama was supposed to be the candidate that brought us all together, in spite of race. It seems to me that even his bumper stickers emphasize the differences between us–rather than just being Americans, suddenly, we’re divided into whatever group we belong to. Is that really the message he wants to send?br /br /Update: a href=”http://store.johnmccain.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=31″These stickers and buttons/a were listed under “apparel” on the McCain website. I guess identity politics goes both ways. Yuck. Thanks to readers for pointing this out.br /br /Update II: Sorry about enabling moderation folks, but here is an example of the high level of discussion we would be treated to had I not:blockquotebr /br /Dear Mrs. Ernest T. Bass,br /br /Please go fuck yourself.br /br /Very truly yours . . . br /br /Dave./blockquotebr /br /This combination of dissing the South, cursing, and offering no substance is pretty much standard from these guys.