outside of my dorm is union square, where every monday, wednesday, friday and saturday there is a farmers market and everyday of the week there are small stands / tables that sell a variety of odds and ends / bric a brac / political messages. this rather popular stand features six different pro-barack obama shirts and one anti-palin. new york is not a swing state. it's very firmly an obama state so i wonder if these stands started because of people who wanted to promote their firm beliefs and spread them to others (turning new york into an obama state) or because being pro-obama is a clever marketing strategy and in new york is bound to be financially profitable. and if it's the latter, is it fair to take advantage of political leanings to make money?