2008 Ryan, Brian, or Tony
posted by October 29 at 11:56 AMon
Over at AmericaBlog, a reader is livid about a mailer he received from Republican Norm Coleman, who is running against Al Franken in Minnesota:
I got a self-mailer from the NRSC [National Republican Senatorial Committee] today.
My wife and I have 3 small boys under 6 years old. So when I saw the cartoon cover that says “Come on in kids…” then talks about rape with a little girl on the opposite page you can guess my utter disgust.
What kind of people would design and write a circular like that? the AmericaBlog comments thread is asking itself.
It just so happens I can tell you who—I met them a few months ago at the Republican National Convention:
“Look, the protesters are deranged,” says either Ryan, Brian, or Tony. It’s hard to remember who is who. The triumvirate works for Republican senator Norm Coleman (currently fighting a reelection challenge from Al Franken), and we’re all a little drunk. “Their stated objective is to kill a cop,” says Ryan, Brian, or Tony, thumping the table. “But,” he shrugs, “this is America.”
The four of us are smoking cigars and drinking Scotch on the deck at Solera, a four-story restaurant in downtown Minneapolis. Solera enjoys a fancy reputation, but its decor is cowardly: generic dark carpet, generic-sleek wood tables, generic-white lighting fixtures.
We are served veal meatballs and gallons of rare Scotch and cognac—one of the Scotches cost $230 a bottle—while young women in black party dresses walk around with boxes full of cigars. Unbeknownst to Ryan, Brian, and Tony, my skin still tingles from the pepper spray (and unbeknownst to all of us, [protester] Elliot Hughes is in jail, being used like a rag doll). I take a cigar from one of the cigar sirens, sniff it, and accept a light. Ryan, Brian, or Tony does the same.
Those guys really hated Franken—they kept slurrily calling him “that ash-hole”—and were dreaming up ways to kneecap his campaign. (The race is close, but some pollsters have Franken pulling ahead.)
I wonder if Ryan, Brian, or Tony wrote that mailer…