Wait, so, if I think Beats are shitty headphones that makes me racist? Why should we assume people's opinions of the product have anything do to with Dr. Dre?
I swear I remember back around the time "Achtung Baby" came out, reading an interview where Bono said "One" is written from the perspective of a gay man with AIDS confronting his father. (Hence the video for it including the work of David Wojnarowicz, who died of AIDS.) I still think it's the best interpretation of the song, whatever other takes on it others have made over the years.
"Operation Bristol" definitely existed. Someone's already posted links to FreeRepublic threads about it. Also see "hillbuzz.org" - a bizarre site where a gay Sarah Palin fan encouraged everyone to vote multiple times using automated methods, claiming it would be a counter to "Democratic voter fraud in the 2008 and 2010 elections." And more, http://twitter.com/HeyTammyBruce also exhorted conservatives to vote Bristol. It may not have been a highly organized "operation" or "conspiracy," but it seems to me clear that there were enough tea-party types out there voting for her to skew the results at least for a while.