Skip to comments.DEMOCRATS ADOPT THE "O.J." DEFENSE
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 todays 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. Stones relationship with these forged documents? Will they unequivocally rule out Mr. Stones 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.
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Hopefully McAuliffe will keep his job.
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.
Are they still trying to lay this off on Rove or the Pajamahudeen? Morons.
There's a reason Democrats are called KoolAid drinkers.
"Chubacca is a wookie, but he lives on Endor"... You must acquit
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.
Like John Gibson just said on FoxNews...."IT'S THE FORGERY, STUPID!!!"
does the DNC want Skerry to lose???
McAwful bangs his own head with the gavel repeatedly in an attempt to formulate a coherent and convincing statement.
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 Wookieean eight foot tall Wookieewant 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."
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.
Need I go on?
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.
*standing ovation from the courtroom gallery*