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Bag’s Take-Away:This scary, floating, transparent head is the first and last reference to George Bush you’ll see this election season, guaranteed - based on a “one off” wire photo capturing Dubya’s reflection in a framed picture at RNC HQ. Of course, no one’s willing to say it out loud (at least on the GOP side), but the man’s a pariah.
(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image caption: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) (R) is reflected in a framed photograph of former President George W. Bush during a news conference at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill December 7, 2011 in Washington, DC. Boehner refused to answer questions about former Speaker and current Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s leadership while in the House during the 1990s.)
Photogs wrestling with Perry, #2.And then, from Getty’s Scott Olson, there’s always Perry (a retort to The Big Hat looking reflective) as Walking Taco — as in, ‘I can walk-o, and talk-o, at the same time’).
(photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images caption: Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry greats guests at the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. The visit is part of Perry’s first campaign trip to Iowa since declaring he would seek the Republican nomination for president on August 13.)
Bag’s Take-Away:Getty’s Chip Somodevilla wrestles with Perry, #1:
I’m interested in this as racial commentary … since I couldn’t find another black face in the 38 other pics in the Rick Perry/Iowa State Fair photo gallery.
Not working? No room on the bus?
(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry’s campaign bus arrives at the Iowa State Fair August 15, 2011 in Des Moines, Iowa. This is Perry’s first trip to Iowa after announcing his run for the GOP presidential nomination.)
Is Chip, the Getty photog, just looking for novelty, or in the wake of the midterm scratch-and-claw-fest, then Tucson, is the unvarnished message here that campaigns are largely gestural, and candidates largely indistinguishable … when it comes to the words?
»Plus, see Tim — still headless and not-Sarah Palin — at the BagNewsNotes companion post.«
(photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images caption: Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty talks to reporters after signing copies of his new book, “Courage to Stand,” at the Family Christian Book Store January 30, 2011 in Ankeny, Iowa. Pawlenty is eyeing a run for the GOP presidential nomination and has made several trips to Iowa, which will be holding its famous “first in the nation” caucus in about a year.
See full slide show: Former Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty Promotes His Book In Iowa - Pictures - Zimbio