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DEMOCRATS ADOPT THE "O.J." DEFENSE
Federal Review ^ | 9/21/04

Posted on 09/21/2004 2:53:32 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines

Now that a connection has been established between Bill Burkett, the CBS source in the forged documents story, and Kerry advisors Joe Lockhart and Max Cleland, the Democrat National Committee has gone into a furious, and some would say desperate, "spin" mode.

DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe has even issued a statement all but accusing the Republicans of forging the anti-Bush memos themselves:

“In today’s New York Post, Roger Stone, who became associated with political ‘dirty tricks’ while working for Nixon, refused to deny that he was the source the CBS documents. Will ...the White House admit today what they know about Mr. Stone’s relationship with these forged documents? Will they unequivocally rule out Mr. Stone’s involvement? Or for that matter, others with a known history of dirty tricks, such as Karl Rove or Ralph Reed?”

McAuliffe's statement is both illogical and counterproductive.

It's illogical because, to believe that Republicans forged the documents, you need to believe that the G.O.P. would forge documents attacking their candidate, leak them to the Democrats and/or CBS News, wait for CBS to air them and assume, hope and/or pray that some blogger, "sitting in his living room in his pajamas", would make history by convincing the world that CBS News aired forged documents.
You need to believe that the G.O.P. would count on these bloggers getting other "mainstream" news sources to pick up on the story and help discredit the Democrats and CBS.
And, finally, you need to believe that these Republican operatives, these calculating geniuses, were willing to bet that these pajama-clad cyber warriors would accomplish all this before the documents did irreparable damage to President Bush.

In addition to being based on such a wildly improbable scenario, this latest statement by the Democrats is, to say the least, counter-productive.

Normally, when a damaging story surfaces in an election, the best way to deal with it, especially once denials are impossible, is to change the topic and/or let the story die down ("move on," some might say).

However, by accusing the Republicans of attacking their own candidate in order to "frame" the Democrats, McAuliffe just opened up a whole new reason to keep talking about this story. This is bad for the Democrats for several reasons, not the least of which being that it distracts from other issues. It also creates a scenario under which the casual observer might begin associating the story, and the forging of the documents, not with CBS (which has apologized and would, presumably, like to "move on"), but with the Kerry campaign itself.

Given the above, it is difficult to fathom why McAuliffe would make this wild and unbelievable attack in the first place...unless, like O.J. Simpson, he has no choice but to hope we believe him when he says he's searching for the "real" culprits.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: burkett; bush; cbs; cleland; democrat; dnc; guard; mapes; mcauliffe; national; oj; projection; rather; simpson
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1 posted on 09/21/2004 2:53:34 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; bentfeather; gaspar; NativeNewYorker; drjimmy; Atticus; John Valentine; ...

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2 posted on 09/21/2004 2:55:14 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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3 posted on 09/21/2004 2:56:13 PM PDT by danneskjold (All balloons, what the hell! There's nothing falling! What the f%#@ are you guys doing up there?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Perhaps Kerry will spend the rest of his days hunting golf courses for the real forger.

Hopefully McAuliffe will keep his job.

4 posted on 09/21/2004 2:57:10 PM PDT by Petronski (What did Max Cleland know and when did he know it?)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

The beauty of the situation lies in the fact that even if the GOP set the whole thing up, the Dems still look like absolute idiots.


5 posted on 09/21/2004 2:57:31 PM PDT by Imal (The surest way to get Americans to fight to the death is to demand our surrender.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Are they still trying to lay this off on Rove or the Pajamahudeen? Morons.


6 posted on 09/21/2004 2:58:41 PM PDT by Jaded ((Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain))
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To: danneskjold

There's a reason Democrats are called KoolAid drinkers.


7 posted on 09/21/2004 2:58:43 PM PDT by MisterRepublican
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
"If the text doesn't fit, you must acquit!"
8 posted on 09/21/2004 2:58:44 PM PDT by AZamericonnie (41more days.....to the end of the madness! (I hope))
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

"Chubacca is a wookie, but he lives on Endor"... You must acquit


9 posted on 09/21/2004 2:59:36 PM PDT by dvldog03
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Occam's Razor.

Forged documents appear that reflect the Dems' claims on Bush's NG service. They supposedly come from a dead man's private files, so in theory it would be very difficult to disprove them.

They actually come from a Democrat activist, after he consulted with two of Kerry's advisors, and were leaked through the most leftwing major media source - Dan Rather, who almost certainly knew the documents were fakes.

The most obvious answer then is that The Dems had a hand in these forgeries and they worked with Rather to use them to try and take down Bush and I see no reason to dispute this.


10 posted on 09/21/2004 3:00:26 PM PDT by swilhelm73 ("I think you can be an honest person and lie about any number of things" -- Dan Rather)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Like John Gibson just said on FoxNews...."IT'S THE FORGERY, STUPID!!!"

:)


11 posted on 09/21/2004 3:00:27 PM PDT by LisaMalia (In Memory of Sgt. James W."Billy" Lunsford..KIA 11-29-69 Binh Dinh S. Vietnam)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

does the DNC want Skerry to lose???


12 posted on 09/21/2004 3:00:52 PM PDT by markman46
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To: danneskjold

McAwful bangs his own head with the gavel repeatedly in an attempt to formulate a coherent and convincing statement.


13 posted on 09/21/2004 3:01:17 PM PDT by 101st-Eagle
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
I just love this. Kerry is freefalling in the polls and desperately needs to change the subject away from the 1970's - but his "friends" in the DNC and media won't let him, they just keep digging the hole deeper!
14 posted on 09/21/2004 3:01:26 PM PDT by colorado tanker ("medals, ribbons, we threw away the symbols of what our country gave us and I'm proud of that")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Time for the "Chewbacca Defense":



"Ladies and gentlemen of the supposed jury, the Republicans would certainly want you to believe that Dan Rather forged the memos. "

"But ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider: This is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk, but Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now, think about that. That does not make sense! Why would a Wookiee—an eight foot tall Wookiee—want to live on Endor with a bunch of two foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense!"

"But more important, you have to ask yourself, what does this have to do with this case? Nothing. Ladies and gentlemen, it has nothing to do with this case! It does not make sense!"

"Look at me, I'm a lawyer defending the DNC, and I'm talkin' about Chewbacca. Does that make sense? Ladies and gentlemen, I am not making any sense. None of this makes sense!"

"And so you have to remember, when you're in that jury room deliberating and conjugating the Emancipation Proclamation... does it make sense? No! Ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, it does not make sense."

"If Chewbacca lives on Endor, then Roger Stone forged the memos! The defense rests."


15 posted on 09/21/2004 3:01:45 PM PDT by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: Petronski
Perhaps Kerry will spend the rest of his days hunting golf courses for the real forger.

And like I always say about O.J., look in the mirror. On second thought, Kerry isn't that clever, but one of his thugs is, I'm sure....with his blessings.

16 posted on 09/21/2004 3:02:50 PM PDT by LisaMalia (In Memory of Sgt. James W."Billy" Lunsford..KIA 11-29-69 Binh Dinh S. Vietnam)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Well, these are the people who think Hillary would be a good President. Who think Bill the Blowee was a good President. Who think Kerry would be a good President; but only for four years.

Need I go on?

17 posted on 09/21/2004 3:03:21 PM PDT by N. Theknow (N. Theknow - Proud Member - Vast Right Wing Googling Pajama Monkeys)
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To: markman46
does the DNC want Skerry to lose???
Short answer...absolutely!
18 posted on 09/21/2004 3:05:00 PM PDT by jcparks (LFOD)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Buckhead

this DNC spin makes sense if (and ONLY if) Buckhead truly is Karl Rove's devoted mind-controlled meatpuppet.

in other words: the DNC is nuts, McAwful is nuts, and the only people who would buy this line of crap are nuts.


19 posted on 09/21/2004 3:05:50 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: dfwgator

my GOD!

*standing ovation from the courtroom gallery*


20 posted on 09/21/2004 3:07:09 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
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21 posted on 09/21/2004 3:07:33 PM PDT by Old Professer (The Truth always gets lost in the Noise.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
By the time the election gets here, they will have succeeded in making themselves look so stupid, that only idiots (and blind liberal ones at that)will vote for them.
22 posted on 09/21/2004 3:08:39 PM PDT by midwyf
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To: dfwgator

HE WAS IN THE CREASE !!! but your chubacca defense was right on.


23 posted on 09/21/2004 3:09:50 PM PDT by dvldog03
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Actually, it's more like the Clinton defense. I didn't do it, but if I did, it's just about fax, let's move on. Seeing Joe Lockhart, Ann Lewis, Marvin Kalb, Jamie Rubin-Amanpour, et al on the tube today, defending the indefensible, brought this graphic to mind:


24 posted on 09/21/2004 3:10:36 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

"...koff... koff... must get new... koff... DNC memo
to CBS to.. koff... provide... koff... distraction..."


25 posted on 09/21/2004 3:10:49 PM PDT by badgerlandjim (Hillary Clinton is to politics as Helen Thomas is to beauty)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

BTTT


26 posted on 09/21/2004 3:11:46 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Jaded

"Pajamahudeen?"

There we have it Freepers. What a magnificent word play. Should we claim it? I vote yes.


27 posted on 09/21/2004 3:12:07 PM PDT by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU (Democrats unglued), I trust this post will make you sick)
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Hello,

My 1st thought when I read the headline: " a variation of the bitch deserved it..."

Sorry.

Glad to be here, MOgirl
28 posted on 09/21/2004 3:13:23 PM PDT by MOgirl (In memory of Walton Wayne Callahan, I love you forever.)
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To: King Prout
this DNC spin makes sense if (and ONLY if) Buckhead truly is Karl Rove's devoted mind-controlled meatpuppet.

Dang! If Karl Rove is so almighty, so powerful, so...so...whatever...then we ought to suggest...no, demand that he be elected President himself!

Man, with as much skill and power as the Dems say he has, he could fix all the world's problems in about a week or so!

/sarcastic unbelief

29 posted on 09/21/2004 3:13:53 PM PDT by Ulysses ("Most of us go through life thinking we're Superman. Superman goes through life being Clark Kent!")
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To: MamaLucci

Why did you take the sh*t out of that graphic? That was the funniest part!


30 posted on 09/21/2004 3:13:59 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: billhilly; Jaded

It sounds too much like we are claiming terrorist status for ourselves if you ask me.


31 posted on 09/21/2004 3:14:23 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: billhilly

Me likey.


32 posted on 09/21/2004 3:14:32 PM PDT by Stellar Dendrite ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. - Winston Churchill)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
Headline is similar to my post on a previous thread:

"I think Terry needs to join OJ in the quest for the real killer."

33 posted on 09/21/2004 3:16:04 PM PDT by Always Right
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To: Ulysses

ayyuh.


34 posted on 09/21/2004 3:16:32 PM PDT by King Prout (yo! sKerry: "Live by the flip, die by the flop." - Frank_Discussion)
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To: Always Right

Great minds think alike, my friend.


35 posted on 09/21/2004 3:18:33 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: jcparks

these guys have gone round the bend, they all need a rubber room..


36 posted on 09/21/2004 3:19:00 PM PDT by markman46
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Not only that, but CBS is doing what OJ did.... we'll look for the person who really did it in the mean time!


37 posted on 09/21/2004 3:19:56 PM PDT by blue jeans
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

In all seriousness, why on earth would Terry McAuliffe make such a statement at all? Does anyone have a link to the NY Post story to which he is referring?


38 posted on 09/21/2004 3:21:38 PM PDT by kesg
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To: dvldog03
"Chubacca is a wookie, but he lives on Endor"... You must acquit

Eeeeeeeee! *head explodes*

39 posted on 09/21/2004 3:21:41 PM PDT by Prime Choice (The Religion of Peace ISN'T.)
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To: markman46

umm, YES!


40 posted on 09/21/2004 3:23:21 PM PDT by niobe527
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To: billhilly
There we have it Freepers. What a magnificent word play. Should we claim it? I vote yes.

Nah. "Pajamahudeen" is too clunky and close to "Mujahideen." Between you and me, I don't consider any comparison to Islamist guerrillas to be all that flattering.

I say stick with what works: Freepers.

41 posted on 09/21/2004 3:25:47 PM PDT by Prime Choice (The Religion of Peace ISN'T.)
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"Hopefully McAuliffe will keep his job."

Got my vote... Terry Mc is the best thing going for the Republicans.

"stupid and masochistic is no way to go through life..."
42 posted on 09/21/2004 3:25:59 PM PDT by RedEyeJack
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To: dvldog03
"Chubacca is a wookie, but he lives on Endor"... You must acquit

That does not make sense! None of this makes sense! Therefore, you must aquit!

43 posted on 09/21/2004 3:26:11 PM PDT by GaltMeister (I'm just a Pajamahadeen cog in the wheels of the VRWC.)
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To: dvldog03
"Chubacca is a wookie, but he lives on Endor"... You must acquit

That does not make sense! None of this makes sense! Therefore, you must aquit!

44 posted on 09/21/2004 3:26:11 PM PDT by GaltMeister (I'm just a Pajamahadeen cog in the wheels of the VRWC.)
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To: GaltMeister

Oooops ... careful with the mouse button there, sporty.


45 posted on 09/21/2004 3:26:48 PM PDT by GaltMeister (I'm just a Pajamahadeen cog in the wheels of the VRWC.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

What is with the suicidal tendencies? Why not just say that it's awful tha someone would try to play dirty and move on? Wh make yourself look like a loon and keep the story going?


46 posted on 09/21/2004 3:27:59 PM PDT by MattAMiller
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

This can only mean that a more direct connection to the Kerry campaign is soon to be revealed. The Dems are trying to muddy the waters beforehand.


47 posted on 09/21/2004 3:30:38 PM PDT by CharacterCounts
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

If you forge, you must be George.


48 posted on 09/21/2004 3:30:55 PM PDT by ditto h
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To: dfwgator

Perhaps Edwards can "channel" the forger like he did the unborn child. That way we can know the "truth" of the matter.


49 posted on 09/21/2004 3:31:50 PM PDT by Thom Pain (Quisling - from Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945), a synonym for "traitor")
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
McAuliffe's statement is both illogical and counterproductive. It's illogical because, to believe that Republicans forged the documents, you need to believe that the G.O.P. would forge documents attacking their candidate, leak them to the Democrats and/or CBS News, wait for CBS to air them and assume, hope and/or pray that some blogger, "sitting in his living room in his pajamas", would make history by convincing the world that CBS News aired forged documents. You need to believe that the G.O.P. would count on these bloggers getting other "mainstream" news sources to pick up on the story and help discredit the Democrats and CBS. And, finally, you need to believe that these Republican operatives, these calculating geniuses, were willing to bet that these pajama-clad cyber warriors would accomplish all this before the documents did irreparable damage to President Bush.

Yeah, and your point is...?

This is how Democrats think everybody thinks all the time.

-PJ

50 posted on 09/21/2004 3:44:15 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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