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The many moods of a candidate

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What do candidates in this federal election have in common with the Irish setter, one of the most endearing of dog breeds? Alas they, the candidates, don't have very much in common with Irish setters, a breed that is famous for its simple loyalty, pure sincerity and honest transparency.

But one thing they (setters and candidates) do have in common is leaping out at us now that the nation is festooned with posters of the photograph-portrait faces of political candidates.

In my poster-studying peregrinations around the ACT and the nation I am being reminded of illustrator-cartoonist Gary Larson's masterpiece How To Recognise The Moods Of an Irish Setter.

It features six identical portraits of the same Irish setter, its wide eyes and lolling tongue set in a face alight with joyful exuberance. But each identical setter face comes labelled with a mood, with happy, depressed, angry, pensive, excited and suicidal.

Larson's fond point is that the Irish setter (like so many sorts of dogs) is a sweetly cheerful and uncomplicated brute that chortles, gambols, drools and tail-wags through life, its tiny mind never troubled by a dark........

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