Bil Browning

CPAC Souvenirs: Gauche Bumpersticker

Filed By Bil Browning | March 02, 2011 9:30 AM | comments

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I picked up all sorts of unintentionally funny tidbits at the CPAC convention last month, but I really giggled over this one. It's a bumper sticker who's maker obviously did not get the Freedom Fries memo a few years back.


What red blooded conservative would use "gauche" to describe liberals? Curious, I went to the website listed and noticed that it was selling a book called Fight the Left with First Principled Conservatism. When I looked at the author's bio, suddenly it all fell into place...

Jean-Francois Orsini was born in Vietnam, grew up in Morocco and Monaco, and completed higher studies in France and the U.S., where he earned an MBA and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School. He is an entrepreneur, a college adjunct professor, and a business consultant. He lives in Washington, D.C.

This guy wasn't even born here. He's a foreigner! He's highly educated, lives on the east coast in a liberal city, and worst of all, he's a college professor doctor. (He can't even treat the wife or dogs if they bounce out of the back of the truck bed if you hit a big pothole.)

Real conservatives don't eat quiche use "gauche."

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Cathy Renna Cathy Renna | March 2, 2011 9:33 AM

this could also be part of his background - the word for left and left-handed in romance languages like french and italian all come from the word "sinister"

goes back to the time when being a Southpaw was considered a mark of the Devil...

Kathy Padilla | March 2, 2011 11:26 AM

I'm not sure how being a "cheese eating surrender monkey" fits in with their Luntz Language Program :)

It's Freedom Fries or nothing!

Jeannie Robert | March 2, 2011 12:15 PM

"Gauche" is the actual French word for left, and "sinistra" the Italian word. So, from a purely linguistic point of view, it's actually a pretty good play on words.

The word for "left" in French is "gauche." In Italian it's "sinistro." That's the joke.

Ditto - it's a punny pun. I actually think it's kind of hilarious.

I think that you are right Cathy, since gauche means left in French.