This is reminiscent of so many other GOP dirty tricks. I immediately thought of this local story from 2004:
A nasty flyer has turned up in Tennessee politics which depicts a handicapped athlete running on a track with George Bush's face pasted on.
The text reads:
Voting for Bush is Like Running in the Special Olympics -- Even if You Win, You're Still Retarded.
The Traditional Values Coalition and other right wing operations in the South jumped on this fast alleging that Tennessee Democrat Craig Fitzhugh's office, which shares space with the Kerry/Edwards Campaign, was distributing this flyer.
What has been reported is that these flyers were left in a trash can in Fitzhugh's office. No one on Fitzhugh's staff or among campaign volunteers saw that these flyers had been deposited by anyone in the garbage. Shortly after some unknown individual dropped the flyers in the trash can, another individual came into the office and found the flyers in Fitzhugh's trash -- and then made this public.
I guess we’ll know the presidential campaign has really begun in earnest when serial victim Phil Parlock appears on the scene.
Of course, all of this is amateur stuff compared to Karl Rove, who bugged his own office in 1991 then went screaming for the waaaahmbulance. Still, that hasn’t stopped right-wing bloggers like our own Six Meat Buffet from falling for it.