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Holiday Greetings from Congresspeople and Their Families
December 23, 2009 1:43 PM   Subscribe

God Rest Ye Merry Congressmen: Slate's 2009 political holiday card slide show. (With a little intro text.)
posted by Rudy Gerner (18 comments total)

 
Browser resizing angers me; then again, Slate's slideshow format is so primitive I'm always angered by it.
posted by Think_Long at 1:46 PM on December 23, 2009


The Guam delegate's card is like a multilingual timewarp from 1964. I love it.

But Loretta Sanchez's (D-CA) is just an envelope (inbox?) full of um, wow.
posted by mdonley at 1:52 PM on December 23, 2009 [1 favorite]


We were actually rather thrilled to get the Obama Christmas card. But I'm shocked, shocked, to see that the Bidens sent one and left us out.

In terms of aesthetics, I was taken by Susan Collins' card. And overwhelmed by the number of Hatch family members. And put off by the overt religiosity of a lot of the cards.

And yeah, the Slate slide show mechanism needs some work, pronto.
posted by bearwife at 1:54 PM on December 23, 2009


Yeah, the slideshow mechanism looks and operates like it was designed by a high school junior in around 1999. It's pitiful.

I can't get over the Hatch family's nested card strategy of several family pictures in one large document. I guess their family is just that big and gathering them for one photo is that logistically untenable? But for all we know, the thing in real life could be, like, 11x17.
posted by Rudy Gerner at 2:22 PM on December 23, 2009


...And put off by the overt religiosity of a lot of the cards.

Yes, I too am appalled at politicians injecting religion into the celebration of Christmas / Hanukkah / Saturnalia / Eid, etc.

How dare they.
posted by TBAcceptor at 2:43 PM on December 23, 2009


Christmas cards just aren't the same without generic braggy form letters.

"Since we wrote to you last year, Roland got a big promotion!"
posted by box at 2:46 PM on December 23, 2009


I'm a bit disturbed that so many of these cards resemble crap I'd get from my Aunt.

also Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo is living inside a David Lynch movie.
posted by The Whelk at 3:33 PM on December 23, 2009


To: Huntsman's card, back row, second from the right, yellow shirt
From: The Sun

I think we need to stop seeing so much of each other. I hope you understand.
posted by Panjandrum at 4:19 PM on December 23, 2009


For just a second I thought the music on the front of Orrin Hatch's card was actually Orrin Hatch On Skis and my brain melted a little.
posted by mintcake! at 4:45 PM on December 23, 2009


Best thing about the Hatch card: when you open it up, a little MIDI chip starts playing the song.
posted by box at 5:20 PM on December 23, 2009


bearwife: At least Obama sent you something. The only congressman likely to send anything to me will probably be some loathsome Georgia Repub hoping for my vote. Bah, humbug.
posted by JHarris at 6:03 PM on December 23, 2009


I liked Roland Burris' card.

Unfortunately, getting one would mean you got a card from Roland Burris.
posted by Target Practice at 2:53 AM on December 24, 2009


Also, does it seem to anybody else that, on the whole, the Dems' cards are more aesthetically pleasing than the Republicans'? I'm not sure why, exactly.

Although that last one from Loretta Sanchez is fucking awful. And if she really wanted to be "Green" she could've just, you know, not sent out a jillion cards to her political supporters in the first place.
posted by Target Practice at 2:55 AM on December 24, 2009


Also, does it seem to anybody else that, on the whole, the Dems' cards are more aesthetically pleasing than the Republicans'? I'm not sure why, exactly.

Because back in the fifties, when we were picking teams, the Dems picked the nerdy kid who turned out to be a great graphic artist, while the Republicans picked the fat kid who turned out to be a rich bastard/successful businessman.
posted by sebastienbailard at 3:05 AM on December 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Although that last one from Loretta Sanchez is fucking awful.

It has a cat thinking "Eat your heart out, Tom DeLay." If you think that is awful, you are dead inside.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 6:44 AM on December 24, 2009


Think_Long - If you're using FireFox, a little tip to disable browser resizing. Go to Tools - Option - Content Tab - click the Advanced button next to JavaScript - uncheck the box named Move or Resize existing windows.
posted by msbutah at 10:37 AM on December 24, 2009


Also - I love Huntsman when he was our governor but Jaesus Christ did you really have to put the entire brood on the card? It's like seeing the earth weep from the crushing weight of overpopulation one family at a time.
posted by msbutah at 10:42 AM on December 24, 2009


Although that last one from Loretta Sanchez is fucking awful. And if she really wanted to be "Green" she could've just, you know, not sent out a jillion cards to her political supporters in the first place.

They're "green" because she emailed them to her supporters. The money she would have spent on printing them went to charity.
posted by SteveInMaine at 1:07 PM on December 24, 2009


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