Nancy Pelosi called Harry Reid into her office one day and said, "Harry, I have a great idea! I know how we can win back Middle America in 2012."
"Great, but how do you propose we go about that?" asked Harry.
"Well," Nancy responded, "we'll go down to a local Wal-Mart, get some cheesy clothes and shoes like most middle Americans wear and then we'll stop at the pound and pick up a labrador. When we look the part we'll go to a nice old country bar in Middle America, and we'll show them that we really enjoy the countryside and show admiration and respect for the hard-working people living there."
A few days later, all decked out and with the requisite Labrador at heel, they set off from Washington in a westerly direction. Eventually they arrived at just the place they were looking for. With dog in tow they walk into the bar. They stepped up to the bar. The bartender took a step back and asked, "Aren't you Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi?"
Nancy answered, "Yes we are, and what a lovely town you have here. We were just passing through and Harry suggested that we stop and take in some local color." They then ordered a couple of beers from the bartender and proceed to drink them down, all the while chatting up a storm with anyone who would listen.
All of a sudden, the bar room door opened and a grizzled old farmer came in. He walked up to the labrador, lifted its tail and looked underneath, shrugged his shoulders and walked out the door. A few moments later, in came another old farmer. He walked up to the dog, lifted its tail, looked underneath, scratched his head and then left the bar.
Over the course of the next hour or so, another four or five farmers came in, lifted the dog's tail, and went away looking puzzled. Eventually Nancy and Harry could stand it no longer and called the bartender over. "Tell me," asked Nancy, "why did all those old farmers come in and look under the dog's tail like that? Is it some sort of old custom?"
"Good Lord no," said the bartender. "It's just that someone has told them that there was a labrador in this bar with two assholes."