If This Is The Mainstream, May I Be Excused?

Brian Cook

Today's Chicago Tribune front page featured an article on the verbal jousting between Barack Obama and new Republican Senate candidate Alan Keyes, declaring that the candidates "tried to paint each other as being outside the mainstream." Just how mainstream is Keyes? The end of the article tells the story of Gerry McGlothlin, a longtime Keyes supporter, who on Sunday "wiped the sweat from Keyes' brow with a napkin so he would look better for TV news cameras." McGlothlin then listed said napkin on eBay, where its price has gone from 8 cents to over $242. The proceeds will go to Keyes' Senate campaign. To "own a part of history," place your bid on this real life shroud of Turin by clicking here.

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Brian Cook was an editor at In These Times from 2003 to 2009. He now works on the editorial staff of Playboy magazine.
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