Pinning down politics

Every day or so the political pundits have a new piece of meat they insist on tearing apart on national television. Doesn’t matter who you support, the media are equal opportunity scrutinizers, if you will. And just the other day the media took apart the lapel pin Mitt Romney wore during the first debate. This particular lapel pin had what appeared to the naked eye to be a black spot over the red and white stripes on the American flag. Upon closer examination, turns out that this lapel pin is a replica of lapel pins worn by the secret service, as designation. Mystery solved, but only after much discussion.

It amazes me how much attention people pay to seemingly insignificant things, like lapel pins. Not that I don’t think that lapel pins are important, but when it comes to policy and presidential races, I don’t consider lapel pins to be a make or break item. Yet who can forget Barack Obama’s fashion faux pas during his first run for president when he chose not to wear any lapel pins at all, and stated that he was more concerned about what he and his opponent were saying than what they were wearing. And yet, shortly thereafter and ever since, he has never failed to appear without an American flag lapel pin.

Whether or not lapel pins should create controversy or a media frenzy, the truth is, they do. Democrat or republican, left or right, lapel pins play an important role in the image of a politician, and the absence of one ends up causing the public to question the patriotism of the individual. That’s pretty impressive for a 3/4″ decorative piece of metal.

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