For reasons unclear to me, myriad conservative sites are hosting an advertisement for Alan Grayson, a Progressive’s Progressive. You might remember Grayson from his last go-round in Congress. This is not a guy who’s shy about sharing his convictions. During the health care debate, he gave a quick and easy summary of the Republican position: “‘Don’t get sick, and if you do get sick, die quickly.” When called upon to apologize, he basically apologized for having been too mealy-mouthed in his criticisms of Republicans: “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.”
Maybe the above quote explains why, when I think of Grayson, I’ve got the Holocaust on my mind. (Grayson, by the way, is Jewish.) How else to explain my reaction every single time I see this ad:
It’s that shadow under the nose, I know it is. But whenever I see his picture in that ad (not any of his other pictures, just the one above), I see this:
I’m not saying Grayson is Hitler. Indeed, I would never say that, because I don’t think there is any comparison. I do think he’s an angry man with awful political ideas, but that’s the end of it as far as I’m concerned. Considering that I don’t harbor bad thoughts towards Grayson, and I’m sure his campaign doesn’t, it leaves me wondering why his campaign would choose an image that, with that shadowy upper lip, creates the visual suggestion that he is a bad guy.
Or, as I asked in my post title, is it just me?