CPAC stress relief: Whack a politician's face with a sponge
March 6th, 2014
05:47 PM ET
6 months ago

CPAC stress relief: Whack a politician's face with a sponge

National Harbor, Maryland (CNN) – Filling the basement of a convention center in National Harbor, where Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is underway, are dozens of booths, set up to hand out fliers, candy and other knick-knacks to woo conference attendees. One booth, however, is not handing out goodies.

Instead, it's offering stress relief in the form of brick-shaped sponges that people can use to whack pictures of politicians.

The group, called Voter Brick, is a relatively new advocacy organization that's come to CPAC to deliver a simple bipartisan message: "Don't take it all so seriously." The booth's organizer, Rainer Fehrenbacher, says the group set up the booth at CPAC this year to provide political junkies in attendance with an opportunity to "let loose."

While the group prints pictures of both Democratic and Republican politicians, the only Republican picture sold at this year's CPAC is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was invted to speak at the conference this year after having been snubbed in years past. The group is also selling pictures of President Barack Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

Voter Brick is also asking conference-goers to vote for the politician they hate the most and they think deserves to have their picture printed to be sponge-slapped next. While the official count is still being tabulated, Fehrenbacher tells CNN that Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry so far have the most votes. Christie, he says, also has a few.

The pool of 10 politicians to vote for includes several Democrats, such as Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder, Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Sen. Barbara Boxer of California, as well as ex-IRS official Lois Lerner.

The list includes Christie as the sole Republican.

Fehrenbacher, who back moved to Phoenix after losing his job at a college in New York, said he joined Voter Brick because he didn't want to collect unemployment. Through Voter Brick, he offers a service where politicians can order pictures of opponents' faces to slap with sponges. So far, he has yet to sell any pictures, he says, because the campaign-specific sales are still in testing.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Do the teaklans ever do anything that doesn't include violence?

    March 6, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Do the teaklans ever do anything that doesn't include violence?
    Such clowns, really!

    March 6, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  3. Liz the First

    If Obama was truly as bad as these clowns say he is, he'd have this place either surrounded and everyone in it arrested for treason, or he'd just send a B-1 to take care of it. the fact that they are allowed to safely assemble and spew their venomous stupidity is a testament to the greatness of this country and the total invalidity of their charges against our president. God help us if we ever elect someone as bad as their fantasy Obama, and he'd be a republican!

    March 6, 2014 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  4. alex

    Repubs always turn to violence. And here it's even violence against women. So uncivilized.

    March 6, 2014 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the repub/tea bag majority

    What would Jesus do?

    Run away from these so-called "christians" as fast as he could. What a hateful, immature bunch of jerks!

    March 6, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. "Breath and Release"

    Violent and mean is the norm for these people. No new ideas to help this country, just critizism of those who are working hard to make us better.
    We need to do our part to help – VOTE!

    March 6, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. S. B. Stein

    That is the proof that he isn't going to win any straw polls or maybe even the nomination. I don't know how I would feel about him running because that would mean he would have to resign and the LT. governor would take over and don't know what she is like.

    March 6, 2014 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    They are out of control. November comes quickly.

    March 7, 2014 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  9. FAUXHAWK70

    Sponge bricks for Democrats... Hopefully the booth next to it uses real bricks for Republicans...

    March 7, 2014 08:02 am at 8:02 am |