Loudoun County, Va GOP Sends Email Depicting Obama With Bullet Through His Head

Apparently, this was someone’s idea of a Halloween stunt:

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.

“The disgusting image used today on a mass e-mail has no place in our politics. Ever,” said Pat Mullins, chairman of the state party. “The Republican Party of Virginia condemns the image and its use in the strongest possible terms.”

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) called the e-mail “shameful and offensive,” his spokesman Tucker Martin said. “He calls on those involved to apologize for their actions, and to immediately ensure that such imagery is never used again. The governor has long stressed the need for more civility and respect in our politics. An e-mail like this one undermines those goals, offends all Virginians and discredits our entire political process. It will not be tolerated.”

The e-mail, first reported on the blog Too Conservative, has “Halloween 2011” in the subject lines and has several other images, including one of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whose face has been made to look deformed with one eye bulging out of its socket.

The e-mail invites supporters to a Halloween parade. “LCRC members and Republican candidates: We are going to vanquish the zombies with clear thinking conservative principles and a truckload of Republican candy…It’s fun and a great way to represent our candidates to a ton of voters (and their kids) just before the election.”

Mullins said the state party is in the process of contacting those who are responsible for the image and demanding that they stop using it and issue an apology.

At the very least.

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  1. Thanks for the link, Doug! I still miss your other blog!

  2. David Weintraub says:

    Well, they got an apology (of sorts) from the LCRC Chair:

    “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. 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.”

    It’s not much of an apology when it includes clauses like “if that was the impression that was left.” Notice though that they may still support efforts to display, suggest or promote violence against just regular old citizens, as Eugene Delgaudio does in his “blood door” email:


    You really do need to see this.

  3. Why am I not surprised to see such things from Delgaudio ?

  4. michael reynolds says:

    Kudos at least to the Virginia GOP and the governor for knowing to apologize/condemn quickly and forthrightly.

  5. Liberty60 says:

    Shucks- I received an invitation to this event, but mistakenly sent my RSVP to the address at Ni&&erhead Ranch.

  6. Boyd says:

    To help a friend running for a Loudoun County office several years back, I joined the LCRC (the first and last time I affiliated with any political party) and was elected treasurer. After observing their antics for about three months, I apologized to my friend and resigned.

    I don’t know about any other political organizations, but the LCRC frequently has a problem with the adults handing the keys to the children with the inevitable results.

  7. @Boyd:

    For some reason, the LCRC seems to be dominated by a population of wackos at times, which isn’t really typical for local Republican parties in the rest of Northern Virginia.

  8. PD Shaw says:

    Jeez, he’s a zombie. Can’t people get a sense of perspective? I clicked through the link expecting to see a picture of Obama with a bullet through his head, because there are people who think the state is being taken over by Marxist-Mohammedans. But we just get a picture of Obama-zombie because apparently people/bloggers think the state is being overtaken by racist-assassins.

    Silliness on both sides.

  9. grumpy realist says:

    @PD Shaw: There have been enough wild threats against the president that we really, really don’t need to head further down this direction, okay?

  10. PD Shaw says:

    He’s being depicted as a zombie, grow up.

  11. PD Shaw says:

    @grumpy realist: I’m sorry to be offensive, but he’s a zombie. What do people think is going to happen?

    Lincoln was not killed by depictions of him in the press, he was killed by somebody who knew what he was doing.

  12. Boyd says:

    @PD Shaw: I agree with you 100%, PD, right up until we get to the bullet hole in the (undead) President’s forehead. I’m not really sure how anyone would think that it adds to the desired effect, at least to the degree that it can overwhelm the perpetually offended members of their opponents.

    Political leaders should be more politically aware than those who designed and approved this graphic.

  13. An Interested Party says:

    Indeed, if the whole point was to portray the President as a zombie, why was the bullet hole needed at all…

  14. bb bower says:

    I have a hard time that any one could portray the President with a hole in his head. Where are all of these God loving people. I think the person that make this up should be arrested for treason. I didn’t care for Bush by I would have been offended if some one showed no respect for him when he was our President. Don’t tell me you are a true AMERICAN.

  15. he was killed by somebody who knew what he was doing

    No, he was killed by a crazy actor who’s delusiosn led him to believe Lincoln was somehow responsible for his theater career tanking.

  16. Ebenezer Arvigenius says:

    He’s being depicted as a zombie, grow up.

    He’s being depicted as someone who is a Zombie due to having been assassinated before turning into a Zombie.

    A Zombie with a bullet in the head is down. And the Zombie Obama looks active. Thus he had to have received the head shot before turning.

    Still most likely not intentional but a stupid mistake given the previous press coverage of comparable blunders. After the xth time “it was a mistake” wears awfully thin.

  17. Jim Smith says:

    @Ebenezer Arvigenius, your argument is painfully dumb. Just completely embarrassing for all parties involved. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about this: http://republicanzombiedefense.com/

  18. Just nutha ig'rant cracker says:

    @Jim Smith: Well, I’m not Ebenezer, but I’ll weigh in on that one. While the girl in the bikini looked adequately hot, the whole production was even more tastless than the above (just because of the live action and gore). Now that we can say that there are idiots on both sides let’s move on.

    BTW: The real measure of this site is whether they sell any merchandise. I’ll bet “not significant quantities.” Most people that I know who gravitate to such humor are on the other side of the aisle.

  19. Ebenezer Arvigenius says:

    @Just nutha ig’rant cracker

    Ugh. Do you mean he meant that as a serious critique in the tu quoque vein? Oh blimey.

    @Jim Smith

    Nicely trashy look, no identifiable persons depicted. I have no problem with it (though it’s not my sense of humour). And if you truly see no difference between both cases you have clearly neither understood the problem with the email nor the arguments offered by the posts in this thread.

  20. PD Shaw says:

    @Ebenezer Arvigenius: “He’s being depicted as someone who is a Zombie due to having been assassinated before turning into a Zombie.”

    People can’t become zombies because they’ve been shot. They become zombies because they’ve been infected, and zombies generally can’t be killed by a single bullet unless placement is perfect. You have to destroy the brain entirely or lop of its head. Am I the only one watching the Walking Dead?

  21. True American says:

    In my opinion, there was a time when their were republican party had members who cared about themselves AND the good of the nation AS A WHOLE (that means not just white people). That is obviously a bygone era. While there are probably a few sensable republicans that remain, it obvious to me that they do not have any say in the direction of the party. Even as a democrat, I once respected the party for its business savy and LOVE for the country and its ability to balance these passions for the good of the nation. No one is stupid here, we all know that the republicans (as well as the democrats) made decisions to make themselves wealthier. But their decisions were tempered with a love of God and country. I believe that the republican party has always been a haven for SOME traitors of the American way. However it appeared to me that, in the past republican party was strong enough to overcome the foolishness within their flock. I feel that reading SOME of the foolish post messages above will bear me on this point. The entire graphic is obviously STUPID. Unfortunately, I believe it is an accurate depiction of the controlling traitorist mindset of, at least, the modern self-serving republican party. Hopefully I’m wrong-their actions will speak louder than their words and apologies. Election time is coming, I hope everyone uses their common-sense. We need continued leadership, not stupidity in the White House.

  22. Ebenezer Arvigenius says:

    @PD Shaw

    Bah, that rag is probably owned by Zombies. All propaganda by the zombie-industriel complex.

    Most any damage by a modern handgun will at least destroy the parts responsible for movement: “Zombies’ bodies do not require the simple everyday things our own do, so to kill a zombie, you must destroy or severely damage the “brain,” so that the body may no longer function.”.

    Decapitation on the other hand does not render it inoperable (head remains functional), so that it may still infect unwary people.

    Don’t be fooled by your Zombie masters!

  23. PD Shaw says:

    @Ebenezer Arvigenius: I don’t disagree that a precise shot to the head will kill a zombie, but even the Zombie Survival Guide cautions against using handguns except as a last resort due to its lack of precision (an astounding 73% rate of nonlethal shots to the body). The practical problem is that the zombie doesn’t need or use much of its brain. In one reported study, a zombie had lost three-quarters of its head with no apparent effect. The shot to the Obama-zombie appears to be just the type that would miss the cerebellum and brain stem.

  24. Ebenezer Arvigenius says:

    @PD Shaw

    I completely agree on the unreliability of head-shots due to the difficulties of placing such shots under real-life conditions. I would, however, posit that such problems are not pertinent here since the gentlemen who shot Mr. Obama clearly did not miss.

    Regarding the viability of partially destroyed Zombie brains, I would hesitate to disagree with Dr. Himmelburger who is, without doubt, a recognized authority on the topic.

    Nevertheless, the observation by Dr. Himmelburger is still merely anecdotal so that I will reserve final judgement until the results can be verified under controlled circumstances.

  25. True American says:


  26. PD Shaw says:

    @Ebenezer Arvigenius: I think we are largely in agreement (though I believe the placement of the bullet hole is intended to suggest that the Obama-zombie is quite bitchin’ and capable of withstanding a near fatal attack); hopefully our discussion will aid others in understanding and preparing for the zombie apocalypse.

    I apologize for earlier mistaking you as a believer in zombies as purely occult phenomena (a belief IMHO largely discredited by ethnobotanist and researcher Wade Davis) and recognize you as a fellow believer in the science of zombies, wherever such brave new research leads I will honor its findings.

  27. mantis says: