If we have a theme here, or a meme, or a leitmotif, it's the notion that it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish political reality from satire. Whether it's Tom DeLay appearing on "Dancing With the Stars" or Hugo Chavez declaring war on golf, real-world political developments increasingly resemble indifferently written sketch comedy, and vice-versa.
Clever people realize that one can take advantage of this phenomenon.
Case in point: environmental activists posed as officials with the United States Chamber of Commerce yesterday and held a full-blown press conference at the National Press Club in which they purported to abandon the Chamber's previous lobbying stances on the environment and adopt "green" stances.
This did not get worse when representatives of the real Chamber arrived. It got better.
What followed was a spectacle not usually seen in the John Peter Zenger Room at the National Press Club: two men in business suits shouting at one another, each calling the other an impostor and demanding to see business cards.
"This guy is a fake! He's lying! This is a stunt that I've never seen before," said Eric Wohlschlegel, an official at the actual Chamber of Commerce, who said he'd heard about the hoax event from a reporter who'd mistakenly shown up at the chamber's headquarters.
The video is here. Love the green agenda or hate it, it's hilarious, and looks like something out of a movie. And through this piece of performance art, the Chamber was forced to address questions about its lobbying stances on environmental matters.
It wouldn't work in a less crazy world.
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