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June 23, 2009

The “Re” Count Bobblehead Doll

Filed under: What's New — Matt Anderson @ 9:26 am

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The 2008 election cycle was remarkable, distinguished by the historic victory of Barack Obama and significant gains for the Democratic Party in general. As Minnesotans know, one bit of election business remains undecided six months later. Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken continue their contest for Minnesota’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.

As usual, the St. Paul Saints baseball team turned a big news story into a winning promotion. At its May 23 game against the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Canaries, the team gave away “Re” Count bobbleheads to the first 2,500 fans. The dolls, dressed like the number-loving Count von Count character of Sesame Street fame, feature a rotating head with two faces. Depending on your political proclivities, you can set the “Re” Count to display either Norm Coleman’s or Al Franken’s mug.

While the Society collected Franken and Coleman materials during last year’s campaign, the “Re” Count is something special. It speaks to the unusually prolonged nature of the Senate race, and to the good humor with which Minnesotans have taken it. And it’s one… one clever idea, too, ha ha ha!

Matt Anderson, Objects Curator

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5 Responses to “The “Re” Count Bobblehead Doll”

  1. cathy walters Says:

    What a hoot! I love it ! Sioux Falls newspapers blog has had the occasional Coleman / Franken mention .Yes they are aware Franken’s in office. That bobble head sure a winner-only wished I had one! Wonder how much it will go in price in near future.Thank’s for a great giggle!

  2. Kevin Says:

    Well I guess it’s OK if you want to promote someone who won with the help of voter fraud and the likes of the ever corrupt ACORN. Maybe the name should be “Booblehead” since the ultimate boob was given the win.

  3. custom bobblehead Says:

    I like your vampire style bobblehead :)

  4. Nice Election Giveaways photos | Real Republican Pac Says:

    [...] Al Image by Minnesota Historical Society Promotional giveaway by the Saint Paul Saints in 2009 of The "Re" Count, referencing the 2008 Senatorial Election in Minnesota. This is a close up of Al Franken’s side. Featured on the Collections Up Close blog. [...]

  5. hirleygibbs22 Says:

    You really make it seem so simple with your presentation but I find that topic to be really something that I think I would under no circumstances undertsand. It seems too complicated and also really broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!
    Oneminime



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