If you want to know who is going to take over American politics in the near future, it's not a person, but a computer. The computer is located in Virginia.

It has a memory bank filled with millions of names of people who can be tapped for millions of dollars, to defeat anybody who doesn't go along with its ultra-conservative ideology.

By sheer luck I managed to tap into the computer and get an exclusive interview.

"It it true, sir, that you have a hit list of congressmen and senators who don't vote the way you want them to?"

"That is correct," the computer typed out. "Do you have any names you want me to add to the list."

"Not at the moment. But if I think of any I'll let you know."

"You do that. Money's no object when it comes to zapping my enemies."

"I guess you're one of the most powerful computers in America," I typed. "How do you operate?"

"In different ways. I can remember every vote of every politician in America. When I decide he isn't one of us, I start sending out letters to his constituents, telling them what a rotten no-goodnik he really is."

"And that does him in?"

"No, that's just a letter asking for money to defeat him in the next election."

"So people send you checks?"

"You wouldn't believe it. I can write a letter that can scare the hell out of anyone in this country."

"Could you give me an example of how you do it?"

"Well, let's say a senator voted for the Panama Canal Treaty. I have the name and address of every Panama Canal lover in his state. I'll spit out 100,000 letters in three hours warning the people if they don't send in a check, the senator plans to give Alaska back to the Russians."

"And if that doesn't bring in enough money?"

"Then I'll send out another letter saying the senator wants to take God out of the schools."

"You're really a hardball computer," I said with admiration.

"The big money-getters are the letters I write about politicians who are pre-abortion, pro-ERA or pro-handgun control. When our people get one of those letters, they start writing out their checks before they get to the second paragraph."

"So you get a windfall of money when you send out the letters? What do you do next?"

"Then I go into my second program, which is to allot the money for a vicious media campaign against the person on my hit list."

"I didn't know you were programmed for that."

"What kind of dumb computer do you think I am? I can program television commercials, newspaper ads, and even word-of-mouth campaigns. The trick is to hit my man below the belt and let him scream "Foul.' I can portray my target as anti-family, soft on communism, a socialist free-spender and trilateralist, all in a 30-second commercial."

"It's the old political dirty-trick game with electronic sophistication."

"I don't care what you call it. It does the job."

"I guess in the next election you'll be calling all the shots."

"I'm not waiting for the next election. I have to raise the money right now. There are a lot of people who better shape up or they're going to find themselves out on their ears in 1982."

"Let me ask you one more question. Do you ever think about how much damage you might be doing to the American democratic system?"

"I don't think. I just follow orders."