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Raj Peter Bhakta (gop House candidate-Pa.) won D-list fame as a contestant on The Apprentice. But even The Donald never showed the chutzpah Bhakta displayed when, to demonstrate how easy it is for immigrants to cross the border, he attempted to ride an elephantfollowed by two other elephants and a six-piece mariachi bandacross the Rio Grande in Texas. (Bhakta lost.)
Michael Steele (gop Senate candidate-Md.) ran an ad of himself hugging a Boston terrier and warning that his opponent would claim, Steele hates puppiesand worse. The response ad came quickly: Michael Steele: He likes puppies, but he loves George Bush. Then, on Election Day, gop operatives paid six busloads of destitute men to stand in front of voting stations in largely black precincts and hand out flyers falsely claiming Steele was a Democrat. (Steele lost.)