Diary of a Mad County

Oct. 18 - Oct. 24

Sunday, Oct. 22
Turns out local Republicans are not the only ones trying to scare voters. Republicans in Tennessee are running an ad directed against Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr. that shows a scantily clad white woman winking at Ford and asking him to "call her." This is lovely, since Ford is hoping to become the state's first African-American senator since Reconstruction. Now that's quality race-baiting! Somewhere, Strom Thurmond is smiling . . . . Wait, no he's not. He's being repeatedly sodomized by the scimitar phallus of an 8,000-pound, blood-red ox. And then there's the Republican National Committee, which began running ads on national TV today that feature Osama bin Laden speaking while a clock ticks in the background. Bin Laden says, "With God's permission we call on everyone who believes in God . . . to comply with His will to kill the Americans." Clearly Republicans are trying to scare people into thinking that they are better-equipped than Democrats to stop bin Laden, you know, like they've been telling us for the past five years.

Monday, Oct. 23
Who reads letters?

Tuesday, Oct. 24
The Los Angeles Times reports that Tan Nguyen personally bought the mailing list for the intimidation letter. Nguyen has shifted from having no knowledge of the letter to saying that all of his problems stem from the media incorrectly translating the Spanish word for immigrant. Uh huh. What's the Spanish word for toast? Scott Baugh once again calls on Tan to quit the race, and you'd frankly have to be an idiot to think that Baugh's anger has anything to do with this crime. Still, Baugh's staged outrage shows how Republicans have wised up: the Latino voting bloc is too big and too powerful to be intimidated, anymore. Like the rest of us, they've finally gained the respect to be lied to, empty-promised to and made to feel so disgusted with the system they stay away from the polls in droves, just the way our Founding Fathers intended.

Hastert with Tan
Hastert with Tan

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