Thursday, April 24, 2014

History Of The 2008 McCain/Palin Campaign As Illustrated By Campaign Buttons

SARAH PALIN; CAMPAIGN IMAGERY 2006-2008


TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER ONE;  "McCAIN/PALIN BUTTONS
"JUGATE" (BOTH IMAGES SIDE BY SIDE)


CHAPTER TWO; SARAH PALIN FOR VICE-PRESIDENT 2008 IMAGERY, PALIN IMAGERY ALONE, OR WORDING WITH NO IMAGERY ON McCAIN-PALIN OR PALIN BUTTONS 



CHAPTER THREE;McCAIN-PALIN BUTTONS WITH NO CANDIDATE IMAGERY 



CHAPTER FOUR McCAIN-PALIN INCLUDING OTHER CANDIDATES ("COAT-TAIL") STATES, AND SPECIAL INTEREST BUTTONS 


CHAPTER FIVE;"WAR ON A WOMAN" BUTTONS 


CHAPTER SIX; THE SMALL NUMBER OF BUTTONS ATTACKING PREVIOUS VICE-PRESIDENT CANDIDATES 


CHAPTER SEVEN; MISCELLANEOUS BUTTONS FROM SARAH PALIN'S CAMPAIGN FOR MAYOR/GOVERNOR PLUS
NON-PALIN ELECTIONS 


CHAPTER EIGHT; 2012 AND 2016 "HOPEFUL'S" PALIN SUPPORTERS CREATED "PALIN FOR PRESIDENT" BUTTONS


CHAPTER 9 SUPPLEMENT;GERALDINE FERRARO FOR VICE-PRESIDENT




INTRODUCTION 
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A History Of The 2008 McCain/Palin Campaign As Illustrated By Campaign Buttons. 
Plus Palin's campaigns for Mayor of Wasilla and Governor of Alaska. Over 900 images in total.
Addendum; Anti-Palin items and supporter's buttons; "hopeful's" for a 2012 and 2016 presidential campaign






Apart from the usual methods of researching past presidential campaigns via old newspapers and videos of television adverts and speeches, the buttons and badges, flags and banners and all the other campaign associated ephemera help to give a broader overview. For further research there are an army of campaign button collectors with their own conventions and magazines, and serious avenues for campaign item research exist at various museums and universities.

This is an outstanding site for political buttons auctions.Type in the name of any candidate e.g. Lincoln and recent auction images etc. will come up
http://www.anderson-auction.com/default.aspx

USAmerican.com has an excellent sales site at:
http://usamericana.com/store.html?cat=8

Political Collectors.com
http://politicalcollectors.com/archive/political-collectors-archive/archive_c175/

American Political Items Collectors
http://apic.us/

LORI FERBER AUCTIONS
http://www.loriferber.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=sarah+palin

Ron Wade Buttons
http://ronwade.freeservers.com/index.html

In fact campaign items can bring some of the passions,excitement and color that the usual media can't quite  get across. Buttons show what images of the candidates their support teams thought had the best chance of positive impression making and, quite interestingly, what slogans resonated best with supporters and the wider public. The buttons show various slogans being tried out and that aspect, in itself, gives an insiders glimpse into campaign strategy.

In fact, a study of a campaigns buttons can often show the progress of slogans. For example, in the McCain buttons "Country First" clearly starts off as the main theme, and then "Experience Counts" becomes a major theme as the campaign progressed.

The McCain-Palin campaign of 2008 had some unique aspects, not least in having the first female GOP vice-presidential candidate for a start. Palin is unique in VP campaign ephemera for having a mass of buttons dedicated solely, or mostly, to her-about 120 supportive alone at current count. 

There are, which is absolutely unique, a mass of anti-Palin buttons-some incredibly and uniquely vicious and hateful which shows the genuine concern about her from the Democrat campaign, and also the very real passions her campaign brought up.

Only Geraldine Ferraro had anywhere near the amount of buttons as Palin but only about 15 pro and 1 anti . LINK: https://www.google.com/search?q=Ferraro+for+vice-president+buttons&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=rEDGUqv7M8OGkQX-poGgCQ&ved=0CFgQsAQ&biw=973&bih=647

One could search in vain for a mass of  Dole or Sparkman  (here's the only ones I could find) or Mondale for Vice-president buttons (surprisingly the unheralded Bill Miller is second only to Ferraro) but, as the imagery shows, there is a mass of Palin for vice-president buttons. It speaks volumes that there are only a handful of Paul Ryan for vice-president buttons following on the hundreds for Palin.




Going further back in time the vice-presidential candidates are clearly an after-thought (as many no doubt were even to their running mates). Oddly though, Bill Miller, Barry Goldwater's running mate who was perhaps one of the most obscure candidates, appeared to have more buttons than nearly all others.
 
Paul Ryan Atlas Shrugged





 

McKinley's VP Garrett Hobart
Hendricks- Cleveland's VP            


                                                          
                                                                     Extremely rare-Taft's VP Sherman

Octogenarian Henry Davis was picked to bankroll the disastrous Alton Parker 1904 campaign (he didn't pay anything as it turned out)








 


For those who would wish to see other posts about campaign items there is the post on the quite beautiful art nouveau Alton B. Parker campaign LINK  http://tiny.cc/wz1m7w, the almost forgotten John W. Davis campaign 
LINK http://tiny.cc/l11m7w
 and the hapless but fascinating 
LINK  http://tiny.cc/uk2m7w McGovern campaign with some of its "hippy" imagery which foreshadowed the Obama 2008 campaign.

Extremely rare 1864 John Cochrane button vice-presidential candidate for Radical Republican party's John Fremont both of whom withdrew before the election as the Union army gained the ascendancy
http://www.nytimes.com/1864/06/01/news/cleveland-convention-gen-fremont-nominated-for-president-john-cochrane-new-york.html



Herschel Johnson, vice-presidential candidate with Stephen Douglas 1860
http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/government-politics/herschel-johnson-1812-1880
Grants VP Colfax
                                      Joseph Lane vice-presidential candidate with Southern Democrat John Breckinridge 1860
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Lane


It is my sincere hope that readers will enjoy seeing the unique 2008  campaign with its passions and intensity recreated through campaign button imagery and that young people may be inspired to start collecting them and, who knows, run for office in due course-I certainly hope so and wish them well. 

I have attempted to make this collection as comprehensive as possible. In doing so some of the images are less than ideal because they came from commercial sites (hence the advertising notices some carry) sale catalogues, auction sites and, very happily I believe, from supporters photographs of them proudly wearing their support if not on their sleeves, then on their chests. On balance I felt it better to leave nothing out as the fuller totality of imagery gives as comprehensive a picture of 2008 as possible


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                        CHAPTER ONE

McCain/Palin Buttons ("Jugate"=both images side by side on button)
Note: Some buttons have already become highly sought after and prices, as indicated, are achieving over $100 at auctions









































































































































































































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ADDENDUM; THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE FROM COMMERCIAL CAMPAIGN SPECIALITY STORES AND IT IS NOT KNOWN HOW MANY ACTUALLY WERE IN PUBLIC CIRCULATION DURING THE 2008 CAMPAIGN;



















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                        CHAPTER TWO

SARAH PALIN FOR VICE-PRESIDENT 2008 IMAGERY, PALIN IMAGERY ALONE, OR WORDING WITH NO IMAGERY ON McCAIN-PALIN  OR PALIN BUTTONS


Final Bid(Includes Buyers Premium):$195.8
Number of Bids: Uncle Sam5


Sarah Palin Limited Treasures 2008 Beanie Bear Vice President Rare!







































Final Bid (Includes Buyers Omama Premium):$157.3Number of Bids:5

Going Rogue:Final Bid (Includes Buyers Premium):$108.9Number of Bids:6











The announcement day of Palin for Vice-President


















OUTSTANDING AND RARE HOCKEY IMAGERY $100 VALUATION

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THE SARAH PALIN 2008 LIPSTICK VOGUE BUTTON COLLECTION LINK

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From the Historical Collectors Edition 2008 Governor Palin Biography Magazine
THERE ARE 40 PAGES OF COMMERCIALLY CREATED PALIN AND McCAIN PALIN BUTTONS WHICH MAY HAVE NOT BEEN USED IN THE CAMPAIGNS BUT ARE
VIEWABLE AT THIS LINK
AND 86 PAGES AT THIS LINK
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CHAPTER THREE

McCain/Palin buttons With no candidate imagery








































































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                                                      CHAPTER FOUR


McCain/Palin including other candidates ("coat-tail") States and special interest  buttons




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ALASKA










FLICKER BUTTON-REFORM PROSPERITY-THEN McCAIN/PALIN
FLICKER BUTTON PEACE-THEN McCAIN/PALIN






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                       CHAPTER FIVE

"War on a Woman" Buttons
In all presidential elections in American history I can find, after extensive research, only 13 campaign buttons attacking a vice-presidential candidate. The earliest images date from 1968 with two attacking Nixon's running mate Spiro Agnew. 

It would appear that from George Washington to Lyndon Johnson no VP candidate was considered worth attacking and in this manner, and since LBJ, only about a dozen attack buttons were reproduced-that is until Sarah Palin was picked as John McCain's running mate in 2008.

I reproduce below the 2008 buttons attacking Governor Palin-four times the number of buttons attacking every VP candidate in the entire history of presidential campaigns on the evidence too date. There have been (also reproduced below) a considerable further items produced in 2012/2016 simply for the possibility she might run for the presidency in either year.

The left, the Democratic party and their supporters in the main stream media, Blogs and journals have been relentlessly pushing the supposed "Republican war on women" meme which is gathering momentum in view of the presumed presidential run by Hillary Clinton and some extreme statements by a small minority of GOP candidates. That such a campaign is the height of utter hypocrisy is clearly seen by the unprecedented war on Governor Palin by all those aspects of the left. How such blatant hypocrisy can be presented to the public is a mystery which can only be solved by viewing the lefts adherence to the truth as something of a myth.

A glance at the vehemence, hatred and frankly disgusting misogynism at play in these campaign images would be enough by itself to explode the leftist Alinskyite campaign. If the left shouts "Republican war on women" then the simple counter is "Democrats five year war on Palin" and referring them to these images. 

These images are of course only a tiny part of the massive campaign that was, and still is, waged against Palin. Apart from buttons there have been disgusting T-shirts, costumes banners, pornographic videos, poster against her and her family.

There can be only one reason for this campaign of hate against someone the left calls "irrelevant" whilst waging unrelenting hatred against her and that is, surely, that she is seen as a threat. The media was massively invested in Barack Obama, and the shock of Palin's 2008 vice-presidential nomination speech at the GOP convention set the left off in a frenzy never seen before in the history of a presidential campaign.

The images below, which range from a mad Palin baying at the moon, to a button so biased (a recent "Whities" button reproduced below) that it was only done in a limited edition with examples selling at auction for $261.

Palin is depicted, variously, as a vampire, a madwoman, a cannibal, a "cougar" and a pig amongst numerous other aspects of the fevered leftist imagination. Here is the true imagery of the "war on women" and it is a collection of hatred which should shame any decent Democrat and shows the feminist left, who did nothing to stop it, in their true, biased light.



"This 4 inch celluloid by Brian Campbell has stirred up some controversy. One of just 27 made."


Final Bid(Includes Buyers Premium):
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CHAPTER SIX

The small number of campaign buttons attacking other 
VP candidates










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CHAPTER SEVEN

MISCELLANEOUS BUTTONS FROM SARAH PALIN'S MAYORAL AND GOVERNOR CAMPAIGNS; AND NON-PALIN ELECTIONS

Governor Palin campaigned for Senator Chambliss in his run-off battle (which he won)

Novelty Button Possibly For Unhappy Hillary Clinton Supporters


Rare and unusual Sarah and Piper (Parnell's name in background)










Sarah Palin Governor


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CHAPTER EIGHT

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CHAPTER 9 SUPPLEMENT; GERALDINE FERRARO FOR VICE-PRESIDENT

Geraldine Ferraro as the first female vice-presidential candidate suffered much of the sexism that Governor Palin did. In 2008 and later Ferraro appeared with Governor Palin who acknowledged Ferraro's pioneering contribution.