What began as a prop in a series of pranks has made its way to the House floor as a tongue-in-cheek effort to win over Republicans. Meet Cardboard Reagan. A standup facsimile of the right-wing deity can be purchased for around $35, but the fun it has provided two House Democrats is positively priceless.
CNN reports that:
Two House Democrats have stood proudly this week in front of a cardboard cut-out of the late Republican President Ronald Reagan during floor speeches, using his paper likeness as a prop to urge the GOP to join their cause on issues like immigration and increasing gasoline taxes.
On Wednesday, Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer set up the life-sized Reagan behind him to urge the GOP to support his bill to raise federal gasoline by 15 cents. (Gas taxes were increased under Reagan in 1982.) The next day, Reagan showed up again on the House floor next to Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, a staunch advocate for overhauling the nation’s immigration laws. (Reagan passed a sweeping immigration reform bill in 1986.)
Saint Ronnie’s appearance began when Blumenauer communications aide Patrick Malone purchased a cardboard stand-up of the former President and began placing it at his colleagues’ desks when they were out, leaving them with a Reagan-tastic surprise upon their return.
“Reagan’s held in such high esteem by conservatives and they need to be reminded of things he did when they turn away from him,” Malone said, describing the cut-out as “a little freaky.”
After that, Reagan made regular appearances both in and out of the office. For instance, Cardboard Reagan was an honored guest at a Wednesday Blumenauer press conference.
When Reagan was invited to House Democrats’ private dining room, Gutierrez asked if he could borrow the iconic conservative figure. “We would never hold back Mr. Reagan from the people,” Malone said.
See Cardboard Reagan in action.
h/t: Crooks and Liars