this is a classic Illinois political gambit, popularized by Illinois rep Dan Rostenkowski in the 1980's after discovering his great-great grandmother's handwritten Italian cookbook. laying dormant within those pages was one of the oldest recorded recipes for Turducken
, the mindblowing trichotomy of which was so jarring to Rostenkowski's psyche that he experienced a powerful political epiphany-- one that would change the way democracy worked FOREVER.
his first attempt at "turding" a bill came in 1984, when he directed his staff to alter an active bill in the illinois House, initially intended to provide further oversight and safeguards against corrupt political practices, but ended up being passed as a measure to start a doggie daycare program at The Drake hotel exclusively for elected state officials; keeping the original name and description.
president Clinton later pardoned Rostenkowski in return for the turducken recipe, which, at the time, he believed to be a type of food.
but the part of the story that seems to have been lost to history was that the ancient cookbook wasn't really a cookbook at all, but rather a cryptic diary kept by the mistress of one of the most powerful mafia dons in Italian history, and that Turducken wasn't what Bill Clinton believed it to be. the original recipe was more about satisfying the chef's cravings for justice, and generally involved at least one obese Siscillian traitor.