Saturday, October 25, 2008

Learning a different lesson than I did

So I was talking to a friend of mine about the Ashley Todd deal and he pointed to the statement of Republican propagandist and Fox News VP John Moody, who said, "If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain's quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting."

Me, I think that's bullshit. It's as ridiculous to blame McCain for this nut's sad attempt at...whatever she was attempting to do as it would have been to blame Barack Obama if someone had actually carved a "B" in her face. Period.

Yes, I know calling Obama a socialist friend of terrorists who is going to end America as we know it does seem to fire up the crazies and it would be great if the McCain camp would stop it, but Ashley Todd's actions seem too much to lay at McCain's feet.

But, in revisiting some of the right wing blogs that put their sleuthing hats on and declared Todd's story all but proven, I found that some people just don't think like me.

Take, for example, Ace at Ace of Spades, who decided, after seeing a photograph, that questioning the girl's story was inappropriate. "Now that I have a name, a face, and a visible black eye it's harder to speculate this was faked. If this happened, which is likely, she needs support and sympathy, not skepticism and speculation."

After all, he argued about the backwards B, "There are so many sensible explanations for this that to cry "hoax" over this one point is silly."

In the end, though, Ace seems to be mad about Todd's hoax for all the wrong reasons.
anyone ever see Malice?

Anyway, the criminal hoaxer got caught there because she insisted on "sweetening" the hoax -- upping the pathos -- to the point where she
got sloppy and then got caught.

Point is-- hey, if you were going to fake this, the black eye was plenty!

Know when to say when. Don't gild the lily.

I really need to put out a manual on this.
And later he writes:
I gotta tell ya, I've never done a political hoax myself but I have to think I'd be a little bit smarter about it than this Krazy Kretinous Kow.

Like, for one thing? I think I'd've been smart enough to get the ATM to take my picture shortly before my "attack."

Check me out, master criminal, thinking of things like that.

It's not just that she's corrupt and crazy. I mean -- obviously.

It's also that she's not even minimally competent at it.
In other words, some crazy lady tries to stir up racial resentment and smear the Obama campaign in the process and Ace wants to know where all of his party's good ratfuckers went.

Unfortunately for him, even the supposed leading lights of his party--the deep thinkers over at National Review--can't figure out how to run a decent ratfuck without publicly encouraging their readers to break the law and then blaring the fact of those violations across the internet.

Sad, really, but what can you expect when you've spent the last 20 years trying to run a party on the power of stupid?

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mike Toreno said...

Fox News VP John Moody, who said, "If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain's quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting."

Me, I think that's bullshit. It's as ridiculous to blame McCain for this nut's sad attempt at...whatever she was attempting to do as it would have been to blame Barack Obama if someone had actually carved a "B" in her face. Period.

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What has come out since you posted this is that there was some involvement of at least the local McCain operation in pushing this thing to the media, and I think somebody in the Pennsylvania campaign made some kind of misrepresentation of what the police said. Probably Moody knows a lot more about what the McCain campaign is and isn't involved in than we do, and he might well know something that points to serious involvement by the McCain campaign. So maybe what he says makes more sense than would appear at first glance.

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