Recovering Republican Kit: Only $16

Goes great with bullshit goggles.

West Seattle resident Nate Eddings always wanted to start his own business. He envisioned a tour company to complement his love of the outdoors. Instead, Eddings, 29, a busser at Purple in downtown Seattle, had an inspiration last spring while watching Fox News: bullshit goggles."I think I just got upset and realized we need these to see through the BS. It's so thick," Eddings says.The bullshit goggles, it turned out, were just the beginning. Eddings has created a line of election-ware, sold as Nathaniel Swift's Political Novelties and Oddities. There's anti-brainwashing serum, an emergency Bill of Rights, dirty politics hand sanitizer, bleeding-heart bandages, and democromatches, which stay lit "no matter how dim the administration." The goodies are sold separately, or together as the "Recovering Republican Survival Kit," for about $16.Eddings debuted his products and alter ego "Nathaniel Swift," a hybrid of his name and that of 18th-century political satirist Jonathan Swift, at the Democratic National Convention in August. He says demand is such that he can't keep the kits in stock. "There's a little Nathaniel Swift in everyone. He's a rapscallion," Eddings says. "There were other products in Denver, but we blew them away."At the convention, Eddings says, he bumped into Gov. Chris Gregoire and Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and gave each a pair of the goggles. "I told Gregoire that every time I watch Dino Rossi, I put them on and see right through his bullshit," Eddings says. "She laughed and put a pair in her coat pocket."In addition to his Web site, Nathaniel Swift's Political Novelties and Oddities are also being sold at Not a Number, a whimsical gift shop in Wallingford. Store owner Kara Ceriello says Eddings' stuff is great. "I like the old-time look of his products and himself." She says she's been selling a lot of the dirty politics hand sanitizer.But Eddings isn't the only Seattle entrepreneur trying to cash in on the interest in this year's election. Ceriello mentions the Wallingford-based father and son duo Sal and Rafa Celis, who make "I Can See Russia From My House" buttons, and Julie Charles, who came up with the popular "Old White Woman for Obama" buttons.Also selling well, says Ceriello, are "Rock Out With Your Barack Out" and "Obama '08, Hope Kicks Fear's Ass" T-shirts. (The latter has Obama and his wife, Michelle, portrayed Wonder Twin–like in full fist bump.)Though he's cashing in on the election craze, Eddings won't be closing up shop come Nov. 5. "I want to add more merchandise," he says, "figure out a way to keep it profitable. Now is the time that everyone is interested in this stuff. But someone's always upset about something in politics."

 
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