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Ticket Replay: Change we can't believe in: Obama and Larry Craig on same ticket

The Ticket is republishing some favorite items during these next few days. Here's an amusing one originally published here back on July 28, 2008:

Here's how Republican Idaho is:

In 1992, Bill Clinton came within 1 percentage point of finishing third there in the general election behind President George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot.A political button mistakenly showing the wrong Idaho Larry supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama

So it was surprising to many during this past primary season when Sen. Barack Obama invested an unusual amount of time for a Democrat in the scenic potato state.

Now, an even bigger surprise: According to a new political button just unveiled, Obama is running on the same political ticket as Republican Sen. Larry Craig, who had that embarrassing toe-tapping to-do in the  summer of 2007 in the men's room of the Minneapolis Airport.

No, really!

As you can see from the photo, Obama and Craig are shown shoulder-to-shoulder on the button, which has become an instant classic collector's item.

It is, of course, a mistake. A hilarious one. After announcing his retirement and then unannouncing it to finish his six-year term, Craig is not running for anything this fall.

Instead, Lt. Gov. Jim Risch is representing the GOP in the U.S. Senate race against Democrat Larry LaRocco, whose photo was supposed to be on the button next to Obama. Risch and LaRocco are longtime Idaho political foes, having faced each other twice for state Senate and lieutenant governor, with Risch winning both times.

The button company, Tigereye Design out of Ohio, simply picked the wrong Idaho Larry from the photo file. After selling a few buttons to some sharp-eyed collectors, the incorrect button sale was halted.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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