If You Don’t Vote Republican On Tuesday, Your City Could Soon Resemble Gomorrah By The Bay

If you believe the Republican National Committee, San Francisco has a brand identity problem. It’s the city where liberalism has run amok, a liberalism best contained on that tiny peninsula.
Here’s what The New York Times is reporting:

In the waning days of a highly charged election season, Republicans near and far are united against a common opponent: San Francisco. In ads and stump speeches, the city is repeatedly flogged as a symbol of the kind of out-of-step liberalism that Republicans vow to banish if they wrest control of Congress from Ms. Pelosi and the Democrats.
Nationally, the Republican National Committee has begun a “Fire Pelosi 2010 Bus Tour,” and ads tying Democrats to San Francisco have proliferated. In Georgia, a conservative Democrat seeking to distance himself from Ms. Pelosi is running a commercial featuring gyrating hippies and warning: “Georgia is a long way from San Francisco.”

That conservative Democrat is Congressman Jim Marshall from Georgia’s 8th District. Here’s an ad tying him to Pelosi and his response to it.

You know what’s funny about Marshall’s attempt to distance himself from the subversive elements by the Bay in the above commercial? The man represents Macon, the birthplace of The Allman Brothers Band and Capricorn Records. There’s even a museum to honor the Brother’s cultural contributions to the city and the world. So, San Francisco is not all that far from Georgia, after all.
Bonus video from Fillmore East 09/23/1970:

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I hear where you’re coming from, but the Allman Brothers comparison won’t get you far. Macon is also the home of Erick Erickson, the founder of Redstate.com and he’s far more influential in the political discourse these days than Duane Allman. In the same vein, Athens is the home of R.E.M. and the B-52’s but it’s also represented by Paul Broun. Google him if you wanna read some crazy.
    I think a better argument for San Francisco lies in the fact that it, and by extension Silicon Valley, has attracted the kind of talent and venture capital money that has changed the world. Google, Apple, HP, Yahoo, the resources of Stanford University — they’ve all been successful due to the innovative spirit found in that little corner of the country. Steve Jobs was a participant in the counterculture as much as anyone else back in the day. And for all the excesses found in San Francisco city proper, the thinking and innovation it has spawned has created vast amounts of wealth and opened possibilities for everyone. That’s an argument someone ought to make.

  2. Dan,
    Your economic argument is right on. I love it.