Friday, September 17, 2004

If you haven't seen the story about the Republican who's charged Democrats with assault in three consecutive presidential elections, and whose alleged assailant in at least one incident looks suspiciously like a member of his own family, here it is, from Rising Hegemon.

(The fraud's latest charges are outlined in this Washington Times story.)

You're seeing the exposure of this fraud in blogs, and it originated at the left-lib bulletin board Democratic Underground. But that's as far up the media food chain as it's going to rise. You won't see it on CNN or MSNBC or the major networks. It won't be in your "liberal media" newspaper.

Remember "Axis of Weasels"? It originated at a right-wing humor blog called ScrappleFace, spread to James Taranto's online Wall Street Journal column the next day and made the front page of the New York Post a day later. And then it was off to the races. (And let's not even talk about how fast the critiques of those National Guard memos spread.)

Members of the conservative establishment think online conservative partisans are a resource. Members of the liberal establishment, with a few exceptions, think online liberal partisans are nuts. So e-mail the Rising Hegemon story to friends who don't read blogs. It's the only way they'll ever see it.

(Thanks to Atrios for spotting this.)


Meanwhile the Kerry headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana, has been vandalized again:

Burned campaign signs and apparent pro-President Bush messages scrawled in a tarry black substance greeted volunteers Thursday morning at Lafayette's presidential campaign headquarters for U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass....

Lexi Thompson, state director for the national Democratic Party, said it's the second time the office has been vandalized.

The first time, about two weeks ago, vandals apparently left broken glass on the pavement in front of the office, egged it and stole campaign signs, she said....

She said this second round of vandalism is more worrisome, because the fire could have seriously damaged the building or spread into the neighborhood....

Nice people.

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