Visualizing GOP presidential candidate approval ratings as 3D printed buttplugs

Matthew Epler's Grand Old Party project takes the approval-rating curves of GOP presidential hopefuls and turns them into 3D solids, then turns those into buttplugs.

Grand Old Party demonstrates that as a people united, our opinion has real volume. When we approve of a candidate, they swell with power. When we deem them unworthy, they are diminished and left hanging in the wind. We guard the gate! It opens and closes at our will. How wide is up to us.

In an age of information, we rely on hard facts. Each of the shapes you see here come directly from poll data collected by Gallup. This data reflects approval ratings for each GOP candidate among registered Republican voters from December 10, 2011 to April 1, 2012. Each shape’s girth is a reflection of popularity while their height is a reflection of time.

The contours of these delightful shapes conjure up the waves of amber grain and those lapping at the rim of our great nation spanning from sea to shining sea. As the battle for the Presidency rails on, we must remember that Americans may may have achieved freedom through war, but they are also a people of love. After all, in the end all we have is each other.

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Update: Derp. It's a dupe.


  1. as a side note, has anyone noticed that razor handles resemble butt plugs?  i’m sure this is no accident; razor companies have to compete among the many men who use their razors as buttplugs.  think of this way:  where do you often masturbate?  do you like to stick things up your ass as you do so?   read more here:

    1. amusing, but if true, they could be doing a MUCH better job. i’m just going to assume this guy hasn’t used any OXO kitchen utensils…

    1. Well, this comment thread has separated those who read BoingBoing on Mondays and those who have nothing to do on Friday nights (I guess I’m both).

  2. While I will that most contestants in the great game of politics are ass-licking 1%ers and pains in the metaphorical butt, I can’t see, hear, smell, taste or feel any purpose for shoving the little shits where the sun don’t shine.

    How ’bout if we rally round the bonfire as we burn them all in effigy (which is a small town in Wyoming, I believe.)

    1. Bread and roses.  The internet has enough room for more than what is technically necessary.

  3. Topical, state of the art transgressive surrealism – if there was a banana involved, this post would be BB in a nutshell.

  4. I looked at these and thought “O.K.  Michele Bachmann looks least unpleasant.”  And that made me realize how wildly far these things are from reality.

    1. Oh, I don’t know. Ron Paul is  consistent, but lacks a strong base. Gingrich is oddly proportioned and hard to remove. Bachman is pointed but unsatisfying, and Santorum is just a mess.

        1. Romney hurts like hell when he takes your company, and leaves an empty, gaping hole in his wake.

  5. Democracy: public opinion chooses how you are going to get fucked in the ass by a fake.

  6. I struggle to see how this will be the *only* time people will get fucked by (candidate)

  7. The Romney: Will be difficult to accept initially, so will be pushed hard by the base. Once installed will prove very difficult to remove, and could cause permanent damage.
    -You’ll really know you’re being fucked when The Romney is in.

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