Maine, Political Buttons
1. I make the difference.
Button for the importance of individual initiative in collective political action.
2. Maine Democrats Care
Emotive political slogan that argues that Maine Democrats care for their constituency. The implication is that Republican candidates neglect their voter’s interests.
3. We’re All In This Together
Button for generic collective political responsibility.
4. RE-ELECT TALBOT STATE LEGISLATURE “You'll Love Yourself For It ”
Gerald E. Talbot was a Democratic Party leader, civil rights leader, and legislator who helped found the African American Collection of Maine at the University of Southern Maine.
5. MUSKIE for PRESIDENT
Edmund Muskie was a Maine Democrat. He served in the Maine House of Representatives, was elected Governor of Maine and to the U.S. Senate, served as U.S. Secretary of State, and campaigned for the presidency.
6. TRUST MUSKIE
Emotive slogan that asserts confidence in Muskie as a political leader.
7. DON’T BLAME ME I VOTED FOR JOE
Joseph Brennan served in both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine Senate. In 1996, Republican Susan Collins defeated Brennan in the U.S. Senate election.
8. GOVERNOR Joe Brennan YOUR VOTE WORKED
Brennan served as Governor from 1979 to 1987. This button proclaims voter efficacy: that is, that the political process works by empowering voters.
9. MAKE MAINE GO A general appeal that seeks to advance Maine’s interests. Consider: what do you think makes Maine go?
10. GIVE A DAMN
A call for a deep concern and emotional commitment for political engagement.
11. CURTIS CARES
Kenneth M. Curtis was Maine governor from 1967 to 1974 and, according to this button, he had consideration for his constituency.
12. VOTE or you’ve got nobody to blame but yourself A button that declares individual political responsibility.
13. VOTE FOR YOURSELF WAKINE TANOUS FOR GOVENOR Tanous was a Millinocket State Senator. This button affirms that Tanous will stand for the interests of his constituents. It also intimates that Tanous is just like the voter: a very appealing notion to many Americans who feel disengaged from the political process.
14. Believe Muskie. Emotive slogan calling for voter trust in Muskie.
15. IT’S IN OUR HANDS Idiomatic slogan for collective political responsibility.