The other day when Hal Daub announced his economic plan, Councilman Jim Suttle criticized it because it wasn’t enough of an Obama Econmic Stimulus.
We pointed out
that Suttle was confused that everything didn’t have to relate back to the Obama plan.But it’s hard to blame Councilman Kookypants. He was in DC at the time, and probably had Obama-on-the-brain syndrome.
But then again, ALL the campaigns seem to have a little Obama in them these days. Mainly in the form of their campaign logos. Let’s take a look.
First let’s take a look at the main 2008 Obama for President logo:
There were variations on this pattern, but this seemed to be the main one put forth. The sort of sunrise coming out of the “O”, with the three flag-type stripes flying by in an arc (the top part of an “O”?). So where do the Omaha Mayoral candidates come in for their versions?
Here is the Jim Vokal for Mayor logo:
The silhouetted city-scape with two-out of three Obama stripes flying by in the arc. Making an Omaha “O” (or an Obama “O”)?
How does that compare directly to the Obama logo?
We give it two “Yes We Can!”s.
Next is the Jim Suttle for Mayor logo:
Of the three candidates, Suttle is clearly trying the hardest to be Omaha’s Obamaniac. He’s hoping to suck in all of their vols. He is tying everything he can (as noted above) to the new President. And he’s working that logo.
We give it three “Yes We Can!”s.
A couple other things about the Suttle logos. We were perusing his website, and came upon this click-able image:
And then we thought…Where have we seen that before? Hmmmm…
And then there’s Suttle’s website itself. When he started out, the site had the look of a 1998 website, based on the graphics. We kidded the camp
, and questioned why they didn’t just let the Secret Penguins guys re-do the entire site, like they did for the little extra page they’ve done for Suttle.
Then a few days later, Camp Suttle re-did the entire homepage, with the over-exuberant flag waving crowd. And we thought, there’s no way this patriotic gang are a bunch of Suttle-supporting Omahans, right?
Well, L. St. reader OmaSteak pointed out, the Suttle campaign simply used “Template #19937
” offered by BigWebmaster.com.
Finally there’s the Hal Daub for Mayor logo.
Daub chose to go with only one Obamaha flying stripe, and we give the final Obamaization of the Daub logo just one “Yes We Can!”.
But we found another strange factor in the Daub logo. As many of the campaigns do, there are variations on the Daub logo — by shades and other factors.
For instance, below we see the Daub yard sign (a plain full blue), the logo used on the Daub webpage (which adds a little “sun” in the “O” on “MAYOR”, and then the logo camp Daub uses on their press-release stationery.
Now notice the background used on that final one? Sort of a sun’s rays kind of thing, right? So we thought, Where have we seen that before?
And it came to us.
Doubtful that the Daub campaign is trying to compare itself to the Empire of Japan, but an interesting logo choice, nonetheless.
A commenter wanted to compare Daub’s current logo, to the one he used in his brief 2007 Senate run and we found this from one of his ads (and compare to his current logo):
You can see that back in 2007 Daub used the red underline as well. Of course it’s up to you how much influence Barack Obama has on Hal Daub. (Hence, only the one Y.W.C. from L. St…)
**UPDATE at 3:19**
A commenter has pointed us to the McCain yardsign design
for the basis of the Daub sunburst background on their logo (though note that the background of the actual Daub’s yardsign is plain blue).
So there you go, L. St. readers: Daub campaign design team’s inspiration is John McCain. Not Tojo. We stand corrrected.
Any other design items we missed? See a freaky yardsign? Send us your designs and camera-phone shots and we’ll see what’s good out there.
And today is the deadline to file for Omaha City Council. We will take a look at all the contenders soon.