Thursday, October 28, 2004

Campaign Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

A few weeks back, the October 26th issue of Rolling Stone featured a piece by Matt Taibbi titled "Bush Like Me: Ten weeks undercover in the grass roots of the Republican Party" and at the time I didn't think anything about it. However, when I saw this over at DKos about image manipulation in Bush's newest campaign ad titled "Whatever It Takes", part of Taibbi's piece came back to me:
In my first month on the campaign, I did not meet many people who came into the office with the serious intention of working hard for the president. I did, however, meet a great many very lonely people who came in because they knew the Bush offices were the one place where they could share certain deeply held ideas without being ridiculed.

Part of my job, I soon came to understand, was to be supportive when people like portly Tampa sheriff's deputy Ben Mills came in to share their very serious utopian ideas -- like the benefits of having a society guarded by a clone army. "We'd save a hell of a lot on benefits and medical expenses," he said. " 'Cause you know if they got wounded..."

"You could just shoot them," I said.

"Exactly -- pow! Just shoot 'em dead, right in the ground."

He went on.

"We'd just have a big breeding farm in Colorado," he said. "Course, it'd be a security problem if they got out, you know, if you had rogue clones running around. You'd have to have a special security force to maintain 'em."

"That's where folks like us would come in," I said.

"Exactly," he said.

Folks like us. I was getting the hang of it.

Living in Colorado as I do, I can tell you that we already have far too many Republican clones in residence.


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