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Friday, October 24, 2008

What Accounts for This?

posted by on October 24 at 16:30 PM

If this report is true, then how did McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director know all the “facts” of the Ashley Todd story before they were out?

John McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director told reporters in the state an incendiary version of the hoax story about the attack on a McCain volunteer well before the facts of the case were known or established — and even told reporters outright that the “B” carved into the victim’s cheek stood for “Barack,” according to multiple sources familiar with the discussions.

John Verrilli, the news director for KDKA in Pittsburgh, told TPM Election Central that McCain’s Pennsylvania campaign communications director gave one of his reporters a detailed version of the attack that included a claim that the alleged attacker said, “You’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson.”

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Oh my God. Can these motherfuckers go to jail too?

Posted by keshmeshi | October 24, 2008 4:34 PM

Let's see, he had zero facts and her story had zero credibility. So just add that together and you get RACIST.

Posted by Ziggity | October 24, 2008 4:34 PM

PLEASE let it come out that the campaign orchestrated the whole thing. That would really make my month.

Posted by shub-negrorath | October 24, 2008 4:39 PM

If you've been keeping up with the Bailography, you probably aren't surprised in the least.

Posted by AJ | October 24, 2008 4:41 PM

It sounds like the McCain camp was 100% right. Ashley Todd cut "B" for "Barack" into her face while the alleged attacker screamed into the mirror, "Youre with the McCain campaign? Im going to teach you a lesson!"

Posted by jrrrl | October 24, 2008 4:45 PM

Even I can't believe that they'd do something like that. Besides, they would have at least pulled off something mildly competent.

Posted by Jen | October 24, 2008 5:05 PM

It's still unclear to me exactly how this terrifying story was supposed to redound against Obama. Big mean black man with a knife? Obama? Hmm, how are they connected? No, no, no racism here, no sirree bob.

Ashley's a troubled little girl who needs some mental health treatment. The McCain campaign, and the Fox and Drudge asswipers who pushed this story, are the real scumbags here.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 5:05 PM

If the campaign organized it they did an epically incompetent job... so it wouldn't surprise me if they did.

Posted by mnm | October 24, 2008 5:05 PM

@6: Because the McCain campaign has really been giving off an air of competence for the last few months...

Posted by Darcy | October 24, 2008 5:20 PM

This woman is the Tawana Brawley of her generation.

Posted by John Bailo | October 24, 2008 5:36 PM

Ah, Bailo, you're back! How was Pittsburgh?

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 5:47 PM

Oh, and here's a clue, fuckhead: Tawana Brawley was Al Sharpton's idea. Al Sharpton is not Barack Obama. They have nothing in common; Obama is among many other things the living repudiation of Sharptonism, and Obama's supporters are not interested in anything to do with Al Sharpton or his antics twenty years ago. You are, but that's because you and your ilk are completely full of shit -- shit which you seem to be losing. Remember yesterday, when this crazy bitch was your best buddy?

Oh, and one more thing: fuck you.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 5:50 PM

that's funny, fnarf. i was thinking about tawana brawley and sharpton just yesterday. wondering if the repugs were gonna mention her so as to vaguely push the collective consciousness back on to bad ol' n******s. and there's johnny (bailo) on the spot. i suppose it's on the right wing blogs right now, but i can't be bothered to test that theory out. i'm just too weary of these people.

Posted by ellarosa | October 24, 2008 7:33 PM

My guess is that the Pennslvania apparatchik saw a chance for a game-changing (and career-aiding) racial incident that could be used to advance the "Obama is in league with scary dark people" narrative, and the national party saw it as a chance to produce an example of a scary, violent Obama supporter to counterbalance all the tales of violently racist McCain supporters which are frightening away moderate voters. Remember how important equivalencies are to the McCain campaign -- any time they are faced with a negative association they produce an "equivalent" example on the other side and thus derail the whole discussion into he-said-she-said. They probably thought this one was a slam-dunk, and got a little too eager.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 24, 2008 7:35 PM

hi john bailo, just so you know, i second what fnarf said.

now about that backwards B... what a stupid fucking idea that was in the first place! what kind of an Obama supporter would come up with an idiotic, fucked up idea like that..? (a fake one, that's what!)
a real one mighta done a backwards O, i guess...

(john bailo, i bet you're not intelligent enough to know what we're talking about, so let me explain: O stands for Obama. O looks pretty damn similar forwards and backwards. i think the B was supposed to stand for Barack or maybe just Bullshit. but i don't have to tell YOU about bullshit, do i, Jon? i reckon you know ALL about that, what with yer head bein' filled with it and all..)

Posted by jw | October 24, 2008 7:43 PM

please please PLEASE don't let this get buried over the weekend, you masters of media

Posted by CM | October 24, 2008 7:54 PM

B stands for Bailo, duh.

Posted by Fnarf | October 24, 2008 8:33 PM

Here's video of the perp. And conclusive evidence that young republicans look exactly like I imagine.

Posted by Chris | October 24, 2008 8:41 PM

I predict a number of hipsters will be dressing up as Ashley Todd for Halloween.

Posted by stinkbug | October 24, 2008 10:32 PM

@ #19,

Only mine is going to be an "M" not a backwards "B". Ha!

Posted by yucca flower | October 24, 2008 11:57 PM


No, a backwards J. That'll capture the spirit of the whole thing. And wear a sweatshirt from a liberal elite school.

Posted by keshmeshi | October 25, 2008 10:00 AM

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