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November 2, 2008

Campaign ‘08 Final Weekend 3: Saturday’s Best Contrast of How Obama – McCain Shaped Up

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Up top: In a moving "get out the vote" statement to help elect America's first African-American president, Getty photographer Mario Tama captures college students retracing the "Bloody Sunday" march across the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Alabama. The beatings administered by police over forty years ago, in part, led to passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Down below: Former senator George "Macaca" Allen — a present day symbol of racial small-mindedness — pitching for McCain in Virginia. …The hand gesture is perfect.

(image 1: Mario Tama/Getty. November 1, 2008 in Selma, Alabama. image 2: Mandel Ngan/Getty. November 1, 2008 in Springfield, Virginia)

  • vicki

    Vote Hard.
    Love. It.

  • AshPolitics

    I live in Alabama; I grew up in Virginia. I have never been to Selma; I have met George Allen. These pictures make me proud to now be a part of the progressive movement in Alabama (yes, there really is one) and proud to say that George Allen was defeated in Virginia. In the end, the juxtaposition of “Vote Hard” against George Allen’s gesture just about sums it all up.

  • Scott

    Haha… Macaca looks a ton like Alec Baldwin.

  • Stewart Dean

    It’s terribly snarky, but I can’t resist. What Allen is saying is “My &*^% is *this* long”
    Sorry. I’m usually better than that. For the record, I grew up in Kentucky and left it as fast as I could (1965) because of its politics and religion. But as the years rolled by, I discovered to my horror that those exact same politics and religion were metastasizing to the nation at large. I can only hope that the last 10 years have finally woken America up, and a majority of its citizens will demand a more Christian Christianity separated from state and a politics concerned with substance and integrity.

  • pol

    AshPolitics, this summer I talked to Rep. Richard Lindsey of the Alabama House of Representatives, who is my husband’s cousin. He’s a Democrat and I was surprised to learn that Democrats hold a majority in both the House and Senate of the Alabama legislature.

  • Sergei Andropov

    That second photograph reminds me of this.

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