Friday, October 08, 2004

Part of a Rare Breed
An editorial in today's WSJ asks: "Whatever happened to campaign buttons? Sure, they're still out there, on delegates at political conventions and for sale on eBay. But the days when you could just walk into campaign offices and grab all the freebies your pricked hands could stand are long gone. Buttons no longer shower the crowd at political rallies like candy at a Shriner's parade; and the girls in paper Hubert Humphrey dresses who handed out buttons on the midway at the Texas State Fair in 1968 were already a dying breed.
Not only that, but people used to actually wear these things, on a lapel or collar, as proud tokens of their engagement in the political process. No more. We may plaster our cars with candidate bumper stickers and even, in a fit of some strange passion, put up a giant yard sign. But walk around wearing a pin? No way."

Apparently the editors of the WSJ opinion page have not been visiting many college campuses. Yes, I too lament that you can no longer get political buttons for free by the handful, but you can get them online and at conventions, and I, along with many of my fellow students, commonly pin them onto our backpacks. So, they're not dead, just reserved for a smaller class of people.

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