This morning, Republicans tell me that a worker at Invesco Field in Denver saved thousands of unused flags from the Democratic National Convention that were headed for the garbage. Guerrilla campaigning. They will use these flags at their own event today in Colorado Springs with John McCain and Sarah Palin.
Before McCain speaks today, veterans will haul these garbage bags filled with flags out onto the stage — with dramatic effect, no doubt — and tell the story.
“What you see in the picture I sent you is less than half of total flags,” a Republican official emailed. “We estimate the total number to be around 12,000 small flags and one full size 3×5 flag.”
I’m not sure what the DNC was supposed to do with unused hand-flags, frankly. But the Republicans are obviously questioning someone’s patriotism here.
Good-ness, this is unbelievable. Talk about getting inside the OODA Loop, McCain & Palin are sending people home from their rally in Colorado Springs with discarded (or as Fox News Channel puts it on their Chiron graphics, "RESCUED FLAGS" distributed by veterans and Boy Scouts-) from Barack Obama's 'Me Festival' at Invesco Field.
You know, the DNC could have carried them to a Veterans' Cemetary, or donated to some local organization. But finding them in ? Heh, using that is genius.
Now the Obama campaign gets to spend the rest of the day responding to this while the McCain-Palin pranksters roll down the highway.
Edit to add: Let me guess, Senator Obama -- that was your staff's fault?
UPDATE @5:40 p.m.: "Cheap political stunt" according to the Obama campaign spokesman. Does seem ironic that the DNC can have a crack recycling squad but somehow forgets about the flags. Did they file a report regarding their stolen merchendise, I mean, even at $1 a piece that's $12,000 worth of flags someone "stole". I mean, "wrongfully took", sorry, wouldn't want to misquote.