Ed Driscoll

Great Moments in Branding

Nick Gillespie of Reason asks, “What Do You Wear to a ‘Gov’t Doesn’t Suck Rally’?” linking to this Washington Post article describing the train wreck to come:

Organizers of the “Government Doesn’t Suck March” (their choice of words, not ours) were inspired in part by last week’s Washington Post poll that revealed widespread negative perceptions of federal workers.

“We hear it day in and day out: the government sucks, federal employees are lazy and their positions are redundant,” said march organizer Steve Ressler, founder of GovLoop, a social networking Web site for public servants.

“It’s time to turn the tables and remind the world that government employees just happen to be people — people that don’t suck,” Ressler said in a message sent to The Federal Eye on Sunday announcing the march. Government workers “are a lot of cool cats” who work hard, listen to good music and watch Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” “but that’s all after they’ve spent a whole day keeping the country running,” he said….

The “Government Doesn’t Suck March” to Stewart’s “Sanity” rally is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the North end of the National Air and Space Museum. Government workers and their friends and family are encouraged to join up and march together to “put a human face on governmental bureaucracy, to show the country that you’re capable of having a laugh and “to send a reminder that we’re not red tape, we’re not slack-jawed desk jockeys and we don’t suck,” Ressler said.

(Doesn’t that rally fit in perfectly with this checklist?)

Meanwhile, regarding the WaPo and Jon Stewart’s related Slacker Hipster Douchebags in Support of Obama Don’t Suck rally, great moments in epistemic closure.