That Hurts


August 31, 2004 - The Muse has witnessed many a squalid display of political tactics in his day, but the Purple Heart bandages worn by GOP convention delegates last night show that the low road can be particularly muddy in W-land.

In case you missed, a GOP hatchet man was handing out little bandages with purple hearts and the message “It was just a self-inflicted scratch, but you see I got a Purple Heart for it.” This, in case you’ve been comatose lately, was an obvious attempt to further denigrate the war record of opponent John Kerry.

GOP Chairman Ed Gillespie will be quick to point out that he asked his vile minion to stop distributing the bandages, but the damage was already done. A quick media search of the terms “delegate” and “bandages” produced 52 hits from outlets across the country. Sound familiar?

One can only wonder what life in a second term will be like.

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