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So you want a political halloween costume....

'Tis the season for political costumes! While all of you may not need something incredibly esoteric to wear for your political science department's political costume contest (Ahem!), in an election year, you can never go wrong with something current and clever. Here are some ideas:
  • Sarah Palin. Natch. But there will be a lot of Sarah Palins this year. (Shoot, there's even a contest this morning in Austin.) The trick is to do Sarah Palin in clever fashion. Be moose-hunting Sarah (in a business suit and pumps) or beauty queen Sarah or Sarah with a cordless drill (get it?). Unless, of course, you actually look like a freakish hybrid of Sarah Palin and Tina Fey. Then you should just be Sarah Palin.
  • A Lame Duck. Duck mask, on crutches, and a "Hello, My Name is W." nametag.
  • The Bailout. Carry or be a water pail (preferably one with lots of [loop]holes in it). Fling fake money at everyone you meet.
  • The Permanent Republican Majority. Should also involve crutches. Look bruised and wounded. (Somewhat similar to my habeas corpus costume from last year.)
  • Ted Stevens. Dress like a prisoner, and carry around a box of Tinker Toys with which to build a bridge to nowhere.
  • The Median Voter. Be average, average, average. And wear flip-flops. This is a good costume for those who have neither the time nor inclination to put a lot of effort into it.

Any other ideas? Please note that we here at Texas in Africa are opposed to any dressing up like Joe the Plumber. Nobody wants to see jeans slung that low on Halloween. Or ever.


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