(No, we’re not above pandering.)
The Republicans tried to dial down the bacchanalia at the convention due to the threat from Hurricane Gustav. Rick Davis, spokesman for the McCain campaign, asked corporate sponsors to be “respectful of events in the gulf” when arranging their orgies.
Didn’t work out. ABC News reports:
“…lobbyists for the National Rifle Association, Lockheed Martin and the American Trucking Association put on a raucus six-hour party at a downtown bar featuring music by the band “Hookers and Blow.”
These frat-boy lobbyists mingled with leading lights of the party, including Deputy Whip Bill Shuster. Shuster explained that while he was praying for the people of the Gulf coast, there was no need to constrain the revelry. Wisconsin delegate Jeff Larson dismissed the situation by noting that “Everyone goes through hard times.” (Victims of Hurricane Katrina could not be reached for comment.)
But neither hookers nor blow could soften the heteroChristian resolve of these virtuous culture warriors:
“…More than a hundred people jammed a Minneapolis restaurant where waiters wore pink wigs and guests danced through the night as they wrapped themselves and their partners with pink boas.
Five pink spotlights were set up outside of the invitation-only party. ABC News reporters were told they could not enter.
Asked about the appropriateness of the gathering, Republican National Committeeman Tony Parker walked away from ABC News cameras, saying, “I don’t want to talk with you.”
Another Republican guest hid his face from cameras, wrapping a pink boa around his eyes and nose.”