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No Nixon Halloween mask? Say it ain’t so

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 9:36 am in political humor.

A colleague of mine scoured the central Contra Costa Halloween costume stores this week and could not (insert gasp here) find a Richard Nixon mask.

This is not right. We can’t have Halloween without bands of trick-or-treaters roaming the suburbs wearing Tricky Dick masks.

Instead, Times photographer Karl Mondon found this Veep Dick Cheney mask, which doesn’t even look that much like Dick Cheney. (Bernie Madoff, maybe? Or Rush Limbaugh?)

At least it was cheap: On sale for $7.97.

The Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton masks cost $19.99 each, a tad pricey for a prop. At $29.99, the Sarah Palin mask was way too dear for the paper’s paltry illustration budget.

What about George W. Bush? No mask of him either.

But there’s a big shipment coming next week to the Halloween Spirit stores. All is not lost just yet.

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  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Ask a teen about “Tricky Dick” and they will call their mom.

  • John W.

    Here’s what’s scary about Nixon. For those of us who remember, it’s been 35 years! You’d have to be about 45 to have any sense of Nixon and probably over 50 to think in “Tricky Dick” terms. That is, indeed, a horrible likeness of “deficits don’t matter” Cheney.

  • Ralph Hoffmann, Guest Columnist

    Don’t knock up Tricky Dick, Lisa. According to this month’s “AARP Bulletin,” page 3, Nixon introduced a sweeping new and bold national health plan in 1971 that was strikingly similar to Obama’s today. Ted Kennedy opposed Nixon’s plan then, but in the “Boston Globe” last spring viewed it as a missed opportunity,
    telling the paper, “We should have jumped on that.”