When a public figure passes on there always seem to be a couple new previously unheard stories that come out. Walter Cronkite's death brought out one of the more interesting examples of this phenominon that I can remember. Had this story come to pass it would have even altered the McGovern T-shirt in our shop. Evidently Walter Cronkite's name was thrown around for a very short time as a possible Vice Presidnetial candidate for George McGovern.
Monday, July 27, 2009
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Thursday, July 16, 2009
As a graduate from a community college who went on to get a degree from a fantastic university and then go to law school I have to say I'm pretty pleased to see that the government is finally planning to increase funding and revise their role in the educational system.
Posted by Retro Politics at 4:53 PM
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Perhaps this article takes the butterfly effect a little beyond its logical extent, but anything that can connect Mike Ditka to the election of Barak Obama can't be too bad.
Here's the argument: After Republican Jack Ryan dropped out of the Illinois Senate race Obama had a clear path to the seat...until Mike Ditka began dabbling with the idea of running for the Republicans against Obama. Democratic strategists found the "prospect of a young politician with a weird name running against one of the state's greatest sports legends somewhat daunting."
"So, to raise Obama's visibility, they grant him the great privilege of addressing the 2004 Democratic National Convention in prime time. Ironically, Ditka announces he will not enter the race shortly before the convention. But Obama's name is already carved in stone on the schedule."
"Almost 10 million Americans watch Obama deliver a riveting speech that changes his life and American politics."
Whether or not this tenuous argument holds any water I've got to admit that I couldn't have passed up the chance to do a "Ditka for Senate" T-shirt even though it's not particularly retro.
Posted by Retro Politics at 2:35 PM
Thursday, July 9, 2009
So, I started a twitter account the other day and I've gotta admit it's kind of addicting. One of the coolest things I come across was some sort of campaigning project for young progressives where they are running faux campaigns featuring Superheros for Mayor of Washington D.C.
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Saturday, July 4, 2009
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Jimmy Carter is going to have a documentary in theaters;
"'Jimmy Carter Man From Plains' follows the former president on a recent promotional tour for "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," which was viewed by some Jewish groups as an attack on Israel."
Posted by Retro Politics at 6:41 PM
I had no idea there were conventions like this, but on September 21-23 CPIC (Jimmy Carter Political Item Collectors) will be holding their annual convention in Plains, Georgia. Sounds cool, if I were going to be in Georgia.
Since I can't make it I'll just live with my "Jimmy Carter '76" shirt and the "Re-Elect Carter-Mondale" t-shirt.
Posted by Retro Politics at 6:16 PM
Monday, August 20, 2007
This article gives Barry Goldwater lovers something to look forward to. It looks at though there will be both a documentary and and book released on the former Arizona Senator and Republican Presidential candidate in the near future. The HBO documentary on him titled "Mr. Conservative" is being released on DVD Tuesday. Also, the article mentions that Goldwater's book “The Conscience of a Conservative" is being re-released sometime this year.
For those who don't want to stop with just a book and documentary we have both the "Elect Goldwater President" and "In Your Heart You Know He's Right" T-shirts for all your Barry Goldwater needs.
Posted by Retro Politics at 12:52 PM
The blog at the Clinton School of Public Service has a nice post commemorating former Reagan aide Mike Deaver who died Saturday. Most interesting in the post is the discussion about Deaver's theory on what he called "light presidents."
"In the last few years, I got to know him and I loved his stories. One, in particular, stands out. Mike believed the “light” presidents were the most successful ones. By “light,” he meant those who enjoyed working in the oval office with its bountiful natural light. He said John Kennedy, Reagan and Bill Clinton were “light” presidents and that he admired them all, political differences not withstanding."
If you share Deaver's "light" presidents theory you can pick up a Reagan T-shirt, Clinton T-shirt, or JFK T-shirt.
Posted by Retro Politics at 12:25 PM