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San Diego Republicans rip-off Ron Paul’s slogan.

January 8, 2010 - 11:27 am

The first thing I saw when I logged onto Twitter this morning was the San Diego Republican Party’s new icon:

That’s (R)EVOLUTION 2010.  It may not be that new, but only in the last week has the SD GOP begun tweeting daily with enough regularity for me to notice.  What strikes me about it is how similar it is to the Republican presidential dark horse Rep. Ron Paul’s slogan, which also used “revolution” with offset letters:

The mainstream Republican Party and the Ron Paul movement are often at odds. Just look at this week’s censure of Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham by the certain members of the Lexington County Republican Party in South Carolina. Graham shrugged them off as “Ron Paul supporters.”

Now the Republicans are stealing Paul’s brand? They’re certainly not jumping behind his message.

What I find amusing here is the subtle difference between the logos. Ron Paul’s R[EVOL]UTION sets off the word “love.” The SD County Republican Party’s version, (R)EVOLUTION, sets off the R, presumably to indicate a Republican victory. But it also serves, inadvertently, to emphasize EVOLUTION, which, last I checked, wasn’t a cornerstone of Republican ideology.

What’s the right word here? Did the SD GOP co-opt Ron Paul’s message? Corrupt it? Bastardize it? I can’t decide.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. selena permalink
    January 8, 2010 - 12:40 pm 12:40 pm

    they also recently ripped off the local tea party signs and claimed them as their own.

    really an uninspired group of paid and pampered hacks.

  2. January 8, 2010 - 2:15 pm 2:15 pm

    i propose a duel to the death. everybody wins.

  3. mr. mike permalink
    January 8, 2010 - 6:33 pm 6:33 pm

    This is the same party that used to sell red t-shirts with Ronald Reagan’s head and the slogan !Viva la Reagan Revolution!* on them as a cheap jab at the Che Guevara t-shirts. To make things worse, they weren’t witty enough to put a beret and beard on the Gipper**; they thought the red color “explained” the “joke.”

    I think the GOPsters bastardized the Paul slogan, but then they rip-off and water down everything (freedom fries, homeland security, the word “creep” are good examples) so why change now?

    * I don’t have my keyboard rigged to show the upside-down exclamation point, but you get the idea.

    ** Even the “Peter Griffin as Che” shirts from a few years back had Quahag’s favorite son in the beret and a scruffy beard…hell, they could have ripped off The Onion’s “Che wearing a Che shirt” meta-gag.

  4. mikeb permalink
    January 8, 2010 - 8:26 pm 8:26 pm

    evolution! love it. i suddenly have visions of myself buying a red magic marker and coloring over a lot of (R)’s on bumper stickers this fall…

  5. Erin Wilson permalink
    January 9, 2010 - 8:34 am 8:34 am

    While I find the SDRepublicans’ logo hilarious, and certainly prefer Paul’s… it’s still not original. I spotted this poster in Vancouver BC in 2007.

  6. jenjen permalink
    January 9, 2010 - 5:11 pm 5:11 pm

    I doubt Ron Paul’s logo is that well known in San Diego. What you do see everywhere are shirts with the (RED) campaign logo. This seems like more of a ripoff of that.

  7. Truthteller permalink
    January 9, 2010 - 10:17 pm 10:17 pm

    The Chairman of the San Diego GOP, Tony Krvaric, is a former pirate (co-founder of one of the largest piracy groups in the world) so what would you expect. Just google Fairlight, Strider, and Dept of Justice. Never an original thought in this guy’s head – he just rips off everyone else’s work.

    He ripped off John and Ken’s Tax revolt logo for party T-shirts last year as well. He’s a shameless thug.

  8. January 11, 2010 - 9:02 pm 9:02 pm

    Pffft! Big deal. Ron Paul is cut from the same filthy cloth as the mainstream Republicans … the only difference is he (rightly) opposes the war in Iraq and he (insanely) blames Abraham Lincoln for starting the Civil War.

    Ron Paul, who would divest workers and consumers of all legal protections, advocates what is essentially a tyranny of the business class. There is nothing remotely “revolutionary” about the man. He’s a reactionary capitalist, pure and simple.

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