The Republicans, who included former presidential candidate Senator John McCain and former vice-presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin, appear as participants in a bizarre pagan ritual glorifying the success of a hunt. (Governor Palin has already taken credit for downing the fabled cervine.)
According to Ms. Wheels, the video was smuggled out at great human cost: "People died so that the public could view this disgusting rite. Whatever the danger to me personally, I owe it to those heroes to put the truth on display."
Republicans were quick to deny that the ritual -- which they called a "party" -- in any way celebrated the death of a holiday icon who brought happiness to millions of children around the world. "We're not happy that Rudolph died in a completely legal, in-season shooting by a experienced hunter who scrupulously complied with all state hunting regulations," said a spokesman who declined to be identified. "I mean, this isn't a Dick Cheney thing. Why would we celebrate a simple deer hunt when we have so much else to celebrate? Like... And... O. K., so it looks bad."