Elections in the DR aren't until Spring 2012, but the streets of Santo Domingo are already filled with obnoxious presidential ads. I would guess 80% of the billboards and signs you see are for the presidential election next year, and the majority of them are for candidate Danilo Medina alone. If its not Danilo's face plastered on a loud purple background, it is billboards full of happy Dominican people hugging his party's yellow star - can you say cheesy?
As the government here has always been corrupt, I haven't really had a desire to know what each candidate says they "stand for", rather, I decided over a month ago that Danilo was not for me - I was tired of seeing his face (and 'stache) every time I turned my head. I chose to go for Papá instead, because I didn't see him around as much and because he sort of reminds me of Chicago weatherman, Tom Skilling.
Then last week came and I found out that Papá's name isn't really Papá like I thought it was. Now, please imagine President Obama campaigning with huge signs of his face with the text "Daddy's Here" written next to it: apparently this is what Papá's campaign is all about.
I was heart broken to find out that my candidate of choice is equally as tacky as Danilo, but then I learned that his first name is Hipólito, which makes me think of hippo. For this reason I chuckle in my head a bit and still root for daddy.