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January 27, 2012

Populist Rage: The Rejected Bloodied Romney Biz Week Cover


On first pass, you might assume this has something to do with the beating Newt administered in the S. Carolina primary. Instead, it was designed almost two weeks ago for the January 16th issue (released on the 13th) but never ran.

ow that the Biz Week Creative Director has released this, it is being paired with the latest New York Magazine cover supposedly emphasizing how bloody the campaign has been. Frankly, though, I don’t think this election cycle has been any more vicious than in the past, and it may even be less so. That framing, on the other hand, seems to KO the obvious, which is the problem of Mitt and his bankroll. The magazine has said as much. According to Businessweek, the theme had to do with “how the GOP had turned on Mitt Romney and Private Equity.”

Bottom line, I can’t see this illustration coming to be simply based on the GOP candidate’s shoving each other around. What it seems to express quite well, however, is all that pent up rage directed toward Wall Street and the 1% (and whatever smaller fraction you can count Romney in).

(illustration: still looking)

  • Anonymous

    Behold the victim. Those guys sure do enjoy playing/feeling the victim just as long as someone else is actually the victim.

    Willard’s also as good as they come at self-inflicting a beat down, eg $480,000 income from a year’s speeches is “not very much”.

    Looks like his assailant was left handed. Of course.

  • Thirdeye Pushpin

    So Mitt was actually in a tent last fall….I find it an interesting projection of victimhood.

  • Thirdeye Pushpin

    So Mitt was actually in a tent last fall….I find it an interesting projection of victimhood.

  • Thomas Gokey

    It got nixed because of it’s realism. Yes it casts Mitt as the victim, but it also allows everyone who really hates his guts, (and there’s a lot of disgust at Romney across the political spectrum) to project their own fantasized beat down on the spoiled rich brat/socialist RINO.

  • Glenn

    I find this disturbing. Given the viciousness of the primary’s rhetoric, which includes Gingrich threatening to bloody the President’s nose and knock him down, I think it’s irresponsible to expand the metaphor so graphically. This made me cringe when I opened the page. I’m no Romney fan, but I don’t like the direction this is going. This is violence-p0rn

    • jonst

      I agree Glenn. Disgusting. Some wanna be tough guy/gal nerd’s idea of what ‘violence’ looks like. This is dangerous shit… the long run.

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  • Thebewilderness

    Yet another of those perp as victim presentations by the representatives of the 1%.

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  • Catherine McCallum

    I hate the image – I’m not a fan of violence. Or maybe I should amend that to say I don’t like physical violence. I detest the political right and daydream about condemning them to a life of the sort of squalor they turn a blind eye to. So I suppose that’s a type of violence on my part. I’m not going to make excuses for it. I just wish I had the power. 

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