Starry Wisdom

by Henry Farrell on October 9, 2007

I’m sure this is fundamentally immature of me, but the new Republican National Convention logo set off a train of associations in my head (and prompted me to spend half an hour doing some basic Photoshop work to bring these associations to the foreground). More artistically talented readers than myself are invited to submit their own interpretations (Michael Froomkin has a copy of the original image at “this post”:


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MR. Bill 10.09.07 at 8:51 pm

What Would Cthulhu Do?


derek 10.09.07 at 9:28 pm

It reminds me of the “rhino” motif spare wheel cover on Suzuki SUVs… the alternative one where it’s mounting another rhino.


Walt 10.09.07 at 9:42 pm

That so very, very funny.


Shelby 10.09.07 at 10:32 pm

Will buy advertising space within the Minneapolis airport that month to remind people to visit the Infamous Restroom?


Anderson 10.10.07 at 1:17 am

The Wide Stance From Beyond The Stars!


greensmile 10.10.07 at 2:08 am


Idiot/Savant 10.10.07 at 2:44 am

Unfortunately, the usual “Cthulhu for president” slogan is now ruined. In a contest between Great Cthulhu and a republican candidate who supports torture, the war in Iraq, and bombing Iran, Cthulhu begins to look like the lesser evil…


r@d@r 10.10.07 at 2:46 am

here’s mine – i strayed from the template, a little bit.


Gretchen 10.10.07 at 4:12 am

It seems you’re not the only one.


Doug 10.10.07 at 7:01 am

That’s so shrill!


Thom Brooks 10.10.07 at 8:57 am

It would be better if the Republicans had a candidate from Rhode Island: H. P. Lovecraft fans will remember that Cthulu lurks beneath the sea…emerging outside Providence, Rhode Island (if memory serves me correct) after travelling from far away. Of course, that would not say much that is positive about a Rhode Island Republican candidate…

But it really does look like Cthulu!


ajay 10.10.07 at 10:28 am

thom: sorry to nitpick, but I believe that Cthulhu is currently in Rl’yeh, a sunken city in the South Pacific (47S, 127W). But it’s an easy mistake to make, as virtually everything else horrible (cradle-snatching ghouls, necromancers, half-demon wizards, bulbous-eyed sea folk, Dagon cultists, undead centuries-old liches, etc, etc) is either in Providence or nearby in New England.


ajay 10.10.07 at 10:30 am

Crossover: Both George HW Bush and John F Kennedy survived periods of extreme danger and isolation in the Pacific; Bush when he was shot down, Kennedy after his PT boat was sunk. Who knows what deals they made – and with what – in the dark Pacific night, in exchange for their lives and their ascents to power?


Anderson 10.10.07 at 1:47 pm

I wish I had time to write a Cthulhu pastiche in which the real source of David Addington’s marching orders is revealed … ‘twould be a hoot!


a different mikey 10.10.07 at 1:58 pm

Although I think Henry’s is the best yet there’s certainly more where that came from:

Aside: ajay is onto something… who knows what went down at the crossroads of the South Pacific; both Presidents seem to bear the marks of Cthulhu’s noodly appendages.


Sk 10.10.07 at 3:59 pm

[aeiou] “I’m sure this is fundamentally immature of me”

Actually, yes. But its exactly what I’d expect from an academic. Have you submitted it for peer review (or, rather, peer ‘review’) yet? Listed it on your CV?

If you take another step downward, you can publish hip hop albums and get a slot at Harvard.



rea 10.10.07 at 4:01 pm

Ajay–don’t forget Jimmy Carter on his submarine–he too had an oppotunity to cut a deal with ancient underwater evil, which might explain how he became history’s greatest monster . . .


W. Kiernan 10.10.07 at 5:38 pm


Sock Puppet of the Great Satan 10.10.07 at 6:47 pm

Campus crusade for Cthulhu:

And yes, the Elder Party seems attractive compared to the GOP. Alien, unknowable, unamable eldrich beings from the voids of space would be a welcome change from down-homey folksiness telling us that we don’t torture, and besides those guys are dangerous terrarists so they deserve it.


Danielle Day 10.11.07 at 12:42 am

Oh man! I thought I’d be first with the Cthulhu thing. Now, to quote Bart Simpson, “I got nuthin…”.



Ia! Shub-Niggurath 10.11.07 at 4:39 pm

“When the stars are right…”

I have been voting for Cthulhu since 1972. I guess they haven’t been right yet.


Snig 10.11.07 at 5:23 pm

I said Hastert, Dennis Hastert, not Hastur!
Ooh Damn, said it again!


Dr Ricard Blackmoor 10.11.07 at 5:29 pm

Actually The Bush clan is an Offshoot of Old Cpatain Olbed marsh of Innsmouth Fame.
You can see the scales and gills developing on Bush’s Mom.


JennaLathotep 10.11.07 at 5:58 pm

It is a merciful thing, I think, that the human mind forbids itself the most horrible of thoughts and eldritch images, lest it go mad. For it is in the foetid depths of R’Undisclosed Location, napping in front of the T.V., while its she-wife goes on the Daily Show, and while its slavish minion, Shrub-Niggurath, summons the idiot god Albertozoth to suckle on a thousand outstretched tentacles, each oozing as one an ichor of ungodly cheez-whiz.

That is not dead which eternally lies.


objectivelypro 10.11.07 at 11:56 pm

Sorry, bad link. I’ll try again:

I left the logo door open. Now he’s running amok in the airport.


Alan K. Henderson 10.12.07 at 2:19 pm

What’s with the ciliated forefeet?


Henry 10.12.07 at 7:06 pm

What’s with the ciliated forefeet?

artistic incompetence. I discovered I wasn’t any good at doing “flabby claws” so just stuck a few eldritch cilia on instead.


Doodle Bean 10.14.07 at 8:41 pm

I know I’m late, but here is my take.

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