Beverage? Snack? Collectable McCain T-Shirt?
Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) personal court jester Steve Duprey has a decent amount of time on his hands. The New Hampshire businessman and GOP activist has enough time, in fact, that he can simultaneously follow the presumptive GOP presidential nominee across the country and produce a million different specialized baseball caps and T-shirts.
O.K., a million is a slight exaggeration. But not a huge one, judging by the sample show he put on yesterday afternoon aboard McCain's campaign plane.
Duprey trotted out a dizzying array of caps in both bright and muted colors, all sporting unique logos such as "McCain Pirate," "Keeping America Safe" and "Team Kaleefornia" (in homage to the Arizona senator's close ally, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger). Most of the time the colors reflect the hats' message -- "Veterans for McCain" is in camouflage, "Another day at the beach" is in lime -- but sometimes they don't, such as the hot pink "McCain Pirate."
"The sign of an overactive and underutilized mind," Duprey muttered as he moved on from caps to shirts.
His shirts are just as varied, with matching "Johnny Mac is my Home Boy" and "The McCain Blogettes are my Home Girls" in black, and the simpler "1191" in maroon, which refers to the number of delegates McCain needed in order to secure the GOP nomination. (Duprey introduced that shirt with a sort of collector's assessment: "This is a rare one.")
While Duprey has been producing these items for months, he's finally printed up a catalogue that includes pins, bumper stickers, jackets along with hats and T-shirts, all of which can be ordered through the e-mail address email@example.com.
While Duprey is an unabashed McCain booster, some of his productions are cheekier than others. The yellow shirt he made for McCain's press shop has emblazoned across the back, "Turning lemons into lemonade with grace, wit and style."
As the press corps erupted in laughter, the hotel magnate recognized he might have crossed a line. "That's a limited edition," Duprey said, shoving it back in the bag.
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July 30, 2008; 9:26 AM ET
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