The Oregonian, Portland, Ore., Jeff Mapes column
SEASIDE, Mar 10, 2013 (The Oregonian - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
One thing about the parodists who write the Dorchester Conference's annual tent show -- they're not afraid to zing their fellow Republicans.
So it came to pass that one of the sharpest barbs on Saturday night also drew boos. It was about TriMet finding its way to Clackamas County, which apparently has to be done "by going back 100 years and taking a hard right."
The satirical revue took plenty of shots at all the usual suspects on the GOP's target list: Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and out-of-control taxes and spending. And the unions came in for repeated hits, including a pretty tough skit of a pretend Rep. Chris Garrett, D-Lake Oswego, being beaten by union goons with bats for not voting the right way on some bills.
But after the tough year Republicans had in the presidential race -- and in Oregon, particularly -- there was plenty of GOP misery to wallow in.
One video featured an announcer intoning, "Now we go live to the 2014 Republican governor's debate," which turned out to be a stage with two empty chairs. Then a janitor came by to sweep up as crickets chirped in the background.
A quartet called The Geezers did a tuneful parody of "Mr. Sandman," that went "Mr. Priebus, bring us a dream. Make us a party of peaches and cream."
(The Geezers also deserve a shout-out for longevity. The group, retired PR man Bill Lesh, attorney Jerry Keene, association exec Phil Peach and pollster Mike Riley, have performed every year at Dorchester since 1985).
Former Rep. Scott Bruun of West Linn got the show off to a rocking start by performing the national anthem on his electric guitar, Hendrix-style.
Also inspired was a press conference announcing that the Oregon Tea Party and the Oregon Greens would merge to form the Oregon Green Tea Party. Their slogan: "Trees, not taxes."
The video clips ended with the disclaimer, "No animals or liberals were harmed in the making of this video." But they might have bruised a few conservatives from Clackamas County.
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