When elections are over, it’s common for the blame game to begin.
Was the loss caused by Mitt Romney’s 47 percent comment? Was Michael Dukakis’ defeat caused by that awful picture of him in a tank wearing a helmet? Was Jimmy Carter’s downfall the Iran hostage crisis or the nearly 20 percent interest rates?
There’s always someone or something to blame.
In political collecting circles, it’s common to find political pins after an election laying the blame in a different way. But one thing that’s been constant for the past 60 years or so is the “don’t blame me” button that makes the rounds by the second week of November in every election year.
Basically, these buttons say “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For (insert losing candidate’s name here).” The latest version is the “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Romney” pinback.
An early version of this style button can be found for Adlai Stevenson supporters after losing to Dwight Eisenhower. These flasher style buttons say “Don’t Blame Me! I Voted Democratic.”
You can find similar buttons for Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, Gerald Ford and others. One of my personal favorites is a slight variation on the theme. It shows a smiling photo of Ronald Reagan in the middle, with the words “Don’t Blame Me, I Voted Against Him, Twice!”
Playing the blame game can lead to an interesting collection.