There are a few basic rules for Republicans when portraying President Obama in photos or art. Rule one: Don't be overtly racist. Rule two: Don't be overtly violent. And that's it, actually.
Sticking to these rules really shouldn't be too difficult. And yet:
The Republican Party of Virginia is strongly condemning an e-mail sent by Loudoun County’s GOP committee that shows President Obama as a zombie with part of his skull missing and a bullet through his head.
Yep. As part of an invitation to a Halloween parade, the Loudoun County GOP photoshopped President Obama as a zombie who has been shot in the face. After being condemned by the state Democratic Party, the state Republican Party, and Republican governor Bob McDonnell, they have decided that, in retrospect, it maybe wasn't the most appropriate imagery.
Mark Sell, chairman of the Loudoun County Republican Committee, backtracked and issued an apology.
"The Loudoun County Republican Committee yesterday sent an email to its members that represented a light-hearted attempt to inject satire humor into the Halloween holiday," Sell says in a statement. "Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the president as a victim of a violent crime. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we deeply and sincerely apologize to the president and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that was left. The LCRC deplores any effort to display, suggest or promote violence against the president or any other political figure."
To be fair to the Loudoun County GOP, though, you have to assume that Obama was only shot in the head after turning into a zombie. The Constitution is maddeningly vague on this, but we believe that, at that point, he would not be our president, but instead, just another mindless, half-dead monster with a taste for human flesh. Zombama was probably trying to eat a small child when someone shot him as a last resort. Afterward, according to the Walking Dead, the shooter then took part in a 45-minute heart-to-heart talk about the stresses of living in a world with zombies.
Va Republican party condemns Loudoun GOP e-mail with an image of Obama shot in the head [WP]
Virginia county GOP committee in hot water over image of Obama with bullet in his head, meant as Halloween joke [NYDN]