To the Burberry ramparts!
The man Bush tapped to fill Karl Rove's spot as his policy wizard is none other
than Joel Kaplan, who took part in the infamous "Brooks Brothers riot"
of 2000. That's when a bunch of Washington GOP operatives, posing as outraged
Floridians, waved fists, chanted "Stop the fraud!" and pounded
windows in an effort to intimidate officials engaged in the Florida recount
In George Bush's Washington, there's no shame in staging a fake protest to
undermine a democratic election, apparently: last year, the Washington Post's
Al Kamen noted
that "the "rioters" proudly note their participation on resumes
and in interviews." Kaplan was even the one to cheekily dub the fracas
the "Brooks Brothers Riot."