This morning I'm reminded of one involving a breakfast conversation between Sen. John Iselin, the somewhat dim McCarthyesque anti-communist who is attempting to leverage his trumped-up investigations of communist influence in the government into a spot on his party's ticket at the upcoming national convention, and his iron-willed wife/confidant/chief political advisor:
It's hard for him to remember the number of Communists he's supposedly found in the Defense Department, the Senator complains, because the number she gives him keeps changing.
Mrs. Iselin: I'm sorry, hon'. Would it really make it easier for you if we settled on just one number?
Sen. Iselin: Yeah. Just one, real, simple number that'd be easy for me to remember.
[Mrs. Iselin watches her husband thump a bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup onto his plate. Cut immediately to the floor of the Senate.]
Sen. Iselin: [addressing the Senate] There are exactly 57 card-carrying members of the Communist Party in the Department of Defense at this time!
I was reminded of that scene by this scene:
Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.) puts the number of socialists in the House at 17.
"Some of the men and women I work with in Congress are socialists," Bachus told local government leaders on Thursday, according to the Birmingham News.
Bachus gave the specific number of House socialists when pressed later by a reporter.
Seventeen, eh? I wonder what Rep. Bachus had for breakfast that morning?