There was another anti-Jackie Walorski flyer, paid for by the Indiana Democratic Party, in my mailbox when I got home this afternoon. Once again, the flyer makes no mention of who the flyer-ers think you should vote for, only that you should not vote for Jackie Walorski. Now, the last time this happened, I was kind of wondering just how much Hall’s people had had to do with it, since he was never mentioned. Well, his radio ads are all about “Washington Walorski,” so even in his own stuff for his campaign he can’t avoid using Republican frames. I’m not going to bother talking about the entire flyer. Let’s just talk about this part of it:
The general theme of the ad is that Walorski voted for the tax bill without knowing what was in it, so she’s “voting blindly.” Get it? She’s covering her face? Or at least someone’s manly hands have been photoshopped over her face? It’s the exact same hand in a different image on the other side, so this isn’t even a good photoshop, and don’t think that I haven’t noticed that it appears to be a man’s hand they used– rumors about Walorski’s sexuality (she’s married, to a man) have been floating around for literally as long as she’s been in office.
And then there’s that fucking gesture again.
Let me be one hundred percent clear: that image is photoshopped. It is not real. Even if it is an actual image of her using that gesture and only the right arm is added on, it’s still a photoshopped image and therefore by definition the entire thing is suspect. Which means one of two things:
- That somebody affiliated with the Indiana Democratic Party deliberately decided to use an image of Jackie Walorski making a white power gesture in an ad and then not call attention to it, basically just doing it as a dogwhistle to both white supremacists and antiracist leftists; or
- That they were unaware of what they were doing. In September of 2018, just a couple of weeks (how the fucking hell has it only been a couple of weeks??) after Brett Kavanaugh’s asshole assistant caused a rather substantial brouhaha by making the same gesture behind him at his confirmation hearing.
One of these possibilities is disgustingly cynical at best and actively slanderous at worst. The other possibility is proof of utter fucking incompetence. And neither of them are fucking okay. I hate these people. I hate this fucking election, and I hate the fact that I’ve now had to spend two fucking posts defending Jackie Fucking Walorski, who is also an asshole, but who still doesn’t deserve this shit.
A pox on the lot of these fuckers.