Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Debbie Does Derby Days!

I went to the Redmond Derby Days parade this Saturday and I was struck by the difference between two campaigns in the 48th District legislative race. The candidates were Bret Olson who’s running and his likely opponent in the General Election, Deb Eddy for the open seat left by Rodney Tom’s defection to the Democrat party.

Bret’s adult volunteers handed out balloons and his younger supporters gave out candy to their peers and Bret and his wife rode and waved to parade-goers.

From all I could tell, Ms. Eddy’s folks just carried signs and just chanted slogans to get noticed. In fact, I didn’t even see the candidate herself walking the parade route or riding in the parade vehicle. Maybe she had somewhere else to be, but spending an hour on meeting your potential constituents doesn’t seem to be too much to ask.

Then I noticed a weird and disgusting message that the Eddy campaign seems compelled to communicate. If you look closely (or click to enlarge), you’ll see there’s a sign prominently placed on her parade car.
It says:
Debbie Does

She gets things done.

This slogan is a play on a movie from 1978 called “Debbie Does Dallas” which by some accounts is the best-selling pornographic movie of all time. This doesn’t seem to be a particularly responsible or compelling slogan for a state legislative campaign considering its origin. I don't have any problems with adults who choose to consume adult material in the comfort of their own home, but to co-opt a movie title of this sort doesn't seem to me to be particularly family-friendly. It does however seem to fit perfectly in line with the Democrat Party's moral compass.