The depression era
Bloggers haven’t had such fun since one of their own kind revealed that Sen. Barack Obama thought America’s blue-collar class was “bitter” — thus launching a kerfuffle of epic proportions.
The sharp-eyed unknowns are at it again.
“The change you deserve,” — a snappy slogan newly adopted by the National Republican Congressional Committee — is actually a trademarked phrase used to market Effexor, an anti-depressant made by pharmaceutical giant Wyeth. This snippet of embarrassment was chronicled May 13 by Sally Jo Sorenson, a blogger in rural Minnesota.
“We were alarmed by the slogan for the minority caucus’s re branding campaign, for it directly — though probably inadvertently — addresses the depressed opportunities House Republicans might be feeling of late,” Ms. Sorenson wrote.
Within hours, her tidbit was picked up and amplified by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” the Huffington Post and the New York Times, among others.
“Turns out that slogan is also used to market an antidepressant, which Democrats quickly lampooned as reflecting the Republican mood at the moment,” the Times said.
“Jeepers. What can start with an old heifer nibbling her way through her morning reading?” Ms. Sorenson asked.
Conspiracy update: Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman, said May 13 that 90 percent of the mainstream media are “in the tank” for her Democratic rival.