Anti-Mitt Romney Wheat-Paste on the Lower East Side

Posted on: May 8th, 2012 at 6:18 am by

Election season has officially begun on the streets of the Lower East Side, where graffiti artists are already starting to assert humorous political opinions. Take, for instance, this clever wheat-paste spotted on both the Germania Bank Building and the side of Arlene’s Grocery (and likely elsewhere in the neighborhood).

The adhesive combines the political talking point of Romney’s roof-bound dog (“Seamus”) in 1983 with National Lampoon’s Vacation (released the same year). Indeed, we see the Republican presidential hopeful driving the very station wagon Clark Griswold helmed (“Family Truckster“) with the family canine strapped up top with the luggage. The campaign message here from the street? “Vote Honky.”

You’ll also recall the scene in the film when Clark inadvertently drags a dog to its death. But since that video is disabled by YouTube, here’s a different one…

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  • gerryq

    “Vote Honky”? If I recall correctly 97% of blacks voted for Obama. It might not be entirely wise to suggest that a vote for Romney is racist…

    • LKLSPEEDY

      now you know politians in ny. can not pay thair taxes and still get elected year after year. go go ny. soon you will be broke than you want everyone else to give you money, wroongg