Republicans Cure Depression!
Kevin Drum observes,
Democrats are taking unsurprising glee in rubbing GOP noses in the fact that the new campaign slogan chosen by House Republicans — “Change You Deserve” — turns out to also be the trademarked slogan of the antidepressant Effexor. That’s prepackaged comedy gold for the late-night comic crowd. But I’m genuinely curious: how did this happen? Didn’t Boehner & Co. even bother to Google the phrase to see if anyone else was using it? It shows up in a 10-second search, after all.
True that. In the age of Google, there’s not much excuse for this sort of mistake.
On the other hand, I seem to recall that the theme of the 1984 GOP convention was supposed to be “Together, A Fresh Start.” Right before the convention, someone realized that “Fresh Start” was the name of a laundry detergent and the phrase became “Together, A New Beginning.” Ronald Reagan nonetheless managed to go on to win 49 states.
(I hasten to add that I can’t envision a scenario where McCain wins that handily. It’s just unlikely this particular issue will matter.)