Rabid Dog Briefly Mistaken for Tea Party Candidate
Receives Standing Ovation at Missouri Rally
JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A rabid Doberman Pinscher jumped on stage at a Tea
Party rally in Missouri on Labor Day and barked at the crowd for nearly
twenty minutes before people realized he was not a candidate.
The dog, later identified by its owner as "Mister Buster," held the
crowd spellbound as he barked, growled, and frothed at the mouth,
eventually receiving a standing ovation for his exertions.
Gwendolene Thomason, 42, a Tea Party supporter from Jefferson City, was
one of the hundreds on hand who were convinced that the Doberman was a
Tea Party candidate until he was outed as a dog. "I liked what he had to
say," she said. "He reminded me of Glenn Beck, only furrier."
The Doberman's canine identity finally became clear when he lunged at a
man in the front row and wrested a hamburger from his right hand, taking
two of the man's fingers with it.
While the discovery that Mister Buster was not a Tea Party candidate
disappointed many in attendance, Ms. Thomason held out hope that, dog or
no, he might consider running for office at some point.
"I liked the way he bit off that guy's hand, and the way he did his
business in the middle of the stage," she said. "We need more of that in
~ A. Borowitz