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Is it possible that Fly on the Wall has been too hard on James L. Hart, the Republican politician and out-of-the-closet eugenicist who frequently runs for public office using campaign slogans such as "Stop Welfare ... Replace it with a War on Poverty Genes"? The political campaigns of 2008 may yet prove that when it comes to practical politics, Hart's insane beliefs aren't too far removed from the mainstream.

GOP communications czar Bill Hobbs started the season off with a bang when he circulated a press release implying that Obama — depicted wearing traditional Kenyan attire — was a secret Muslim.

Meanwhile in Memphis, Nikki Tinker, who challenged 9th District congressman Steve Cohen in the Democratic primary, made Hobbs look like an amateur doofus with TV ads bizarrely suggesting that her Jewish opponent was in league with the Klan. The Rev. George Brooks, a Tinker surrogate from Murfreesboro, upped the unseemly ante further in an open letter to the Memphis media, hilariously suggesting that Cohen was having big gay interracial sex with Thaddeus Matthews, a controversial blogger and known admirer of plus-size women.

But Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss, a pair of entrepreneurs from Franklin, Tennessee, took the cake mix last week at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., where the pair sold Obama Waffles.

The Tennessee waffle pushers told reporters they didn't know the image on the box would be viewed as "offensive material." Yes, with a straight face, apparently.

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