Unlikeliest political prop of the week, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Former U.S. senator Max Cleland is in Montana, campaigning for Democrat Jon Tester, whoâs running against GOP incumbent U.S. Sen. Conrad Burns. This in todayâs Billings Gazette:
âDuring his speech, Cleland made light of his own amputations by grabbing Testerâs left hand, which is missing three fingers lost in a meat grinder.
ââAt least he wonât be putting his hand in the till like someone we know,â Cleland said, referring to Burnsâ campaign donations of about $150,000 from Jack Abramoff, his clients and associates.â
A photo of the exchange is here. If the Dems take Congress, that image will bookend the era of Bush mendacity for me, along with the attack ad the GOP ran against the triple-amputee Cleland in the 2002 election, questioning his courage during the run-up to the Iraq War.