October
15th 2010
As if there aren’t enough wealthy white men in politics

Posted under: American history, bad language, class, fluff, Gender, race, unhappy endings, weirdness

Rich whities in their natural habitat

I laughed so hard I almost did a spit take on my morning newspaper when I saw this story about a mistake in a candidate’s name on Chicago voting machines:

It’s the typo to end all typos: Illinois gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney’s name is misspelled as “Rich Whitey” on some electronic-voting machines in Chicago, and officials say the problem can’t be fixed before election day.

Maybe he should have stuck with “Richard,” or chosen “Dick” or “Rick” as a nickname.  (I’m not blaming the victim–I’m just sayin’.)

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13 Responses to “As if there aren’t enough wealthy white men in politics”

  1. GayProf on 15 Oct 2010 at 10:58 am #

    That might be the most honest thing to happen in Chicago politics in a long, long time.

  2. Bing on 15 Oct 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Oh, wow. I laughed out loud, or as I believe the kids on the internets say, lollied.

    HJ

  3. Matt L on 15 Oct 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Oh, thats fantastic!

  4. Clio Bluestocking on 15 Oct 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I”m not too sure that “Dick Whitey” would have been much of an improvement.

    That is hilarious!

  5. Stephanie on 15 Oct 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Finally! Some honest politicking, by mistake of course.

  6. HistoryMaven on 15 Oct 2010 at 1:41 pm #

    Totally hilarious! He’s the Green Party candidate and the error isn’t in all of Chicago’s voting machines–but one wonders how all the news coverage may affect voting.

  7. Indyanna on 15 Oct 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    This is too funny. Really seems like a Chicagoland thing, too. Rich enough to run for guv’nor, so he won’t need a bag man. No bliss, no blige…

  8. Notorious Ph.D. on 15 Oct 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    Spit-take indeed. Love it.

  9. sophylou on 15 Oct 2010 at 7:21 pm #

    “Rich ‘Dick’ Whitey” would cover all the bases…

  10. z on 15 Oct 2010 at 9:20 pm #

    I love this!

  11. Perpetua on 16 Oct 2010 at 3:55 am #

    I never get tired of rich white doodz. With all the rage, and racism and entitlement, and I don’t know how I’d ever understand anything without mansplanations for all phenomena. Rich Whitey gets my vote every time. Though more seriously it makes me kind of sad that this error happened to the Green Party candidate, since the green party is lots more diverse than the others.

  12. Historiann on 16 Oct 2010 at 8:07 am #

    HEE-hee, sophylou and all. I agree with Perpetua that we rarely have the opportunity not to vote for “Rich Whitey.”

  13. Tom on 18 Oct 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Reminds me of when I went to a faculty get-together hosted by Richard Gentry, and when we couldn’t find it the helpful directions-lady we asked then inquired if we were part of “the Rich Gentry group.”

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