I'm not sure why, but I've become slightly obsessed with RedState now that McCain picked Palin as VP. And so I was naturally curious to see what they were thinking about all the negative news about Palin now that they've had time to think about it. Needless to say, they're quietly shitting themselves while pretending they hold all the cards; as usual.
But one of the funniest posts has to be this one by RedState founder Erick Erickson, in which Erickson attempts to use deductive reasoning to prove that Obama's campaign is behind all the Palin baby stories. And it basically breaks down to this:
The story started with a Daily Kos blogger
Obama once used Daily Kos to help him
Obama has blogged on Daily Kos
Obama has the Daily Kos on RSS feed
Obama says he reads Daily Kos
Democrats are pushing a different story against Palin
Obama says he'd fire any staffer involved in this
And with that, Erickson concludes: "The pattern is clear: Obama's campaign pushes information to Daily Kos. Daily Kos then spreads it and gets it into the media (probably because a lot of reporters are also diarists there). Given all the other ever changing statements from Obama, how exactly can we really believe his denials now, given his pattern and the connections?"
A clear pattern, indeed. Honestly, what the fuck is this guy talking about? I mean, I've read Daily Kos and posted on Daily Kos, yet I haven't had anything to do with this pregnancy story. And yet to Erickson, this is somehow a clear pattern that Obama is lying about this. Shit, there isn't even a line of reasoning here. It amounts to: Obama uses Daily Kos, therefore he must be behind a story posted there. Hercule Poirot would be proud.
And what's really sad is that this is exactly how Republicans use blogs. Republican operatives push news to conservative blogs which promptly report it as if it was their own research. And to make this work properly, there can't be a direct line from the operative to the blogs. I'd be truly surprised if Erickson wasn't a recipient of such research. I'm sure it appeals both to his top-down authoritarianism, as well as his inner sneak. And so it just makes sense for him to assume that liberals do the same thing, as he feels guilty about what he's done and rationalizes it by asserting that his enemies are doing it too.
But the main point of using such duplicitous methods is to allow a smear to take place without any link to anyone official. So why would Obama use a blog that he's openly associated with and has even blogged on? That'd defeat the purpose. For as much as Erickson is pretending there is some nefarious connection of Obama feeding Kos stories, everything he found is above board and would suggest that he wouldn't use Kos for such purposes. The idea that Erickson imagines that he's got clear proof of some conspiracy is all too laughable.
And the real point is clear: These people are shitting themselves. Sure, they imagine they're putting up a good front, but it's obvious that they're having big trouble trying to figure out some way of regaining the offensive on this one. Their homepage currently shows fifteen stories and eight of them are defending Palin; and seeing as how I believe Republicans happen to have some sort of convention going on right now (which accounted for five posts), it seems that they're a bit obsessed with these stories right now.
And that's just not how Republicans like to do things. They don't play defense...ever. And if the best offense they can muster is to struggle in vain to find some way to link Obama to these stories (which they're confident exists), then we can be assured that they're not happy campers.