Gonzo Political Advertising

Don’t ask me where this came from, but I suddenly had a political ad appear on the small blue television screen within my mind (which usually only shows a test pattern):

A doctor (vaguely resembling Dick Cheney) along with his assistant (vaguely resembling Alberto Gonzales) straps down a voter (insert identity of your choice), then inserts a probe into their skull, which slowly sucks out their brains, until they go from screaming “No! No!” to robotically chanting “John McCain…John McCain” until their head finally collapses like an expired balloon and they say “I feel happy.”

We then see their gray matter spirited away through a series of tubes, pipes, infrastructure, so on, until it comes out of a gas pump and fills up an SUV, which then drives away, revealing a Bush/Cheney ’04 sticker on the bumper.

About Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson has written over 50 plays, with works staged in Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Tampa, and other U.S. cities as well as in Canada and New Zealand. His works include: Waiting on Sean Flynn, Next of Kin, Farmhouse, Malaria, Shelter, Altered States of America, The Continuing Adventures of Mr. Grandamnus, Bluer Than Midnight, Bombardment, Dead of Winter, and Delusion of Darkness. In 2006, his bittersweet Lost Wavelengths was a mainstage selection at Portland Center Stage's JAW/West festival, and, in 2008, won the Oregon Book Award (he also was an OBA finalist in 1992 and 2002). In 1997, he won the inaugural Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for his play Turquoise and Obsidian. View all posts by Steve Patterson

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