As Washington state’s Democrats are congregating in Denver, celebrating the nomination of Barack Obama for President of the United States, Washington state Republicans are back at home marking this historic moment in their own typically Republican fashion:
The head of the Snohomish County Republican Party apologized Tuesday after the organization’s booth at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe sold “$3 bills” depicting Barack Obama wearing Arab headgear and featuring a camel. […] Obama’s face, in the traditional Arab headgear, is pictured above the words “Da man.”
The Arab headgear and the camel on the bill are clearly references to the false rumor spread by some Obama critics that he is a Muslim.
Of course, Snohomish County Republican chairwoman Geri Modrell apologized (that’s the lede after all), telling the Seattle Times that “volunteers are being told very clearly they must not do these sorts of things.” Wink, wink. But I guess that pretty much sums up the kind of issue oriented campaign the Republican grassroots want… and will get.
In the comment thread I’m told the Everett Herald had the story first. I don’t know, as I haven’t had the time to scan the dailies closely this week, but I did love this tidbit from the Herald:
The serial number, “IBD14UOK” when read aloud, is fractured English: “I be de one for you, OK.”
But, you know, they apologized… so I guess it’s okay.