Taiwan's presidential election campaign is full of surprises and amusement, if not parody. In the final stretch to Saturday's poll, a sideshow subtitled 'One idiot versus four fools', by local news media has stolen the spotlight in the fiercely fought campaign. The 'one idiot' is a reference to Chuang Kuo-jung, the chief secretary for Education Minister Tu Cheng-sheng of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, while the 'four fools' referred to are four opposition Kuomintang lawmakers. The four lawmakers, led by Alex Fei Hung-tai, a KMT legislative whip, barged into the campaign headquarters of DPP presidential candidate Frank Hsieh Chang-ting last Wednesday, demanding an inspection of alleged irregularities in the lease. A confrontation ensued, with Mr Hsieh's aides locking their KMT visitors inside an elevator, accusing them of breaking into the office to steal secrets and of placing bombs to try to kill Mr Hsieh. The four legislators finally called police for help, only to see Mr Hsieh's office intensify the incident by clashing with the officers to prevent them from taking the 'burglars' away. Hourly broadcasts of the incident by local cable TV news networks helped further galvanise angry DPP supporters. The headquarters invasion, which came at a time when Mr Hsieh urgently needed something to bolster his popularity, helped the DPP candidate solicit support by warning against 'one-party domination of the legislature' by the KMT, which won a landslide in January elections, taking 81 of the 113 seats. KMT frontrunner Ma Ying-jeou had to apologise at least eight times and vowed to rein in KMT legislators. Mr Fei, who resigned his post and quit the party, even said he would not rule out committing suicide if Mr Ma failed to get the KMT back into power because of the incident. While the DPP was celebrating what local media described as 'a gift from heaven', it was dumbfounded to see its political fortunes also wane. In a Hsieh campaign rally in the central city of Taichung on Sunday, Mr Chuang used foul language to criticise Mr Ma's late father, alleging he patronised prostitutes every day and even had an affair with a woman whom he treated as his daughter. The slander was aimed at creating a bad impression of Mr Ma's father, and tar the son, known for his clean image. The slander, however, was also broadcast hourly by local TV news channels, prompting angry criticism from parents and KMT supporters, forcing Mr Chuang to resign the following day. Mr Hsieh also apologised to Mr Ma and the public, but stressed Mr Chuang was not his man nor even a DPP member.