Tuesday, April 08, 2008

We tried but weren't able to fully vet the story

So, again, I'd prefer to have a Luo in office, and I think Hillary Clinton is running for president largely because she was driven by the narrative logic of right wing attack machine (led by her now buddy Richard Mellon Scaife!) bogeyman fanatasies about her, but I think either of the Democrats is fine. However, not commenting on the "political horserace" does seem about as credible as hanging out in Spain and not talking about couples walking around making out. And Senator Clinton does seem to have a startling number of retractions.

But, this sounds like an excuse to a political operative:
''Candidates are told stories by people all the time, and it's common for candidates to retell those stories,'' said campaign spokesman Mo Elleithee. ''In this case, we tried but weren't able to fully vet the story.''
To me, it sounds a lot like "Oopsie! We really believed Saddam Hussein really had weapons of mass destruction." When people complain about bullshit, this is what they're complaining about. The story was good, it fit with the campaign's message, and the truth of it was not so important to check.

It's really angering.

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