«Steering it all was Rove, but he had able and ruthless deputies. One of them was Steven Schmidt, head of the Republican 'war room' geared to attacking Kerry. Schmidt, dubbed 'the general' by his staff, was fond of walking the corridors of his headquarters urging people to 'kill, kill, kill'.»
«The Sunday School adopted Babbitt's system of military ranks. Quickened by this spiritual refreshment, it had a boom. It did not become the largest school in Zenith--the Central Methodist Church kept ahead of it by methods which Dr. Drew scored as "unfair, undignified, un-American, ungentlemanly, and unchristian"--but it climbed from fourth place to second, and there was rejoicing in heaven, or at least in that portion of heaven included in the parsonage of Dr. Drew, while Babbitt had much praise and good repute.
He had received the rank of colonel on the general staff of the school. He was plumply pleased by salutes on the street from unknown small boys; his ears were tickled to ruddy ecstasy by hearing himself called "Colonel"; and if he did not attend Sunday School merely to be thus exalted, certainly he thought about it all the way there.»
-- Babbitt , chapter 17