Fri 26 Sep 2008
If you want to know just what kinds of strange and terrible things people have been making to promote the 2008 presidential election, I’ve written a new article about that very thing, for Matador Goods.
I scoured the depths of the Internet to find the very weirdest Obama, McCain and Palin paraphernalia on the planet (no one makes weird Joe Biden merch for some reason), which ranged from condoms to comic books. I was surprised to find just how many people have been trying to cash in on the election by making things like Ojamas (that would be Obama pajamas) and Sarah Palin underwear, and I wonder how many of them have managed to actually turn a profit.
Some of the products had decent, professional websites, but some of them were downright dreadful and I’m sure scared any potential customers away. The lesson here seems to be that while you can indeed sell almost anything, it all comes down to the presentation. There is (shockingly) probably a market for Sarah Palin condoms, but not if they look like regular condoms wrapped in a piece of printer paper.
I really enjoyed writing this article, but the published version was trimmed down to the point that it doesn’t really sound like me any more, and I think a lot of the humor I was going for got cut down to the point that the jokes don’t really parse properly. But what do I know? Maybe it’s better than my original version. If nothing else, it has shorter sentences and more paragraph breaks.
Have a read and tell me what you think!