Left-wingers astroturfing a smear campaign
It was just a matter of time before the whole thing got really, really ugly.
Democrats, with an abysmal track record to show for the last 20 months of full government control, are about to hit the panic button–with an all out assault of
Democratic candidates across the country are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau and even divorce proceedings to try to discredit their opponents and save their Congressional majority.
Opposition research and attack advertising are used in almost every election, but these biting ads are coming far earlier than ever before, according to party strategists. The campaign has intensified in the last two weeks as early voting begins in several states and as vulnerable incumbents try to fight off an onslaught of influences by outside groups.
As they struggle to break through with economic messages, many Democrats are deploying the fruits of a yearlong investigation into the business and personal histories of Republican candidates in an effort to plant doubts about them and avoid having races become a national referendum on the performance of President Obama and his party.
Aren’t these Democrats a petty bunch?
Apparently, the pettiness morphs into seediness. Byron York reports:
Onlookers were startled last Thursday when a man with a video camera approached House Minority Leader John Boehner after the event in Sterling, Virginia at which GOP lawmakers outlined their “Pledge to America” for this November’s elections. The event had been open only to credentialed press, but as Boehner left, he saw a group of Tea Partiers standing across the street and went to speak with them. That’s when the man with the camera moved in. “Speaker Boehner [sic], have you been cheating with Lisbeth Lyons, the lobbyist for the American Printing Association?” the man asked. “Have you been sleeping with Lisbeth Lyons?” Boehner walked silently past the man and never acknowledged his presence.
The man was a left-wing blogger and provocateur named Mike Stark, who has made a career of trying to publicize sensational charges against Republican politicians. A few hours after his encounter with Boehner, Stark posted video of the moment on the left-wing Daily Kos website as well as his own website, StarkReports.com.
Prior to Stark’s confrontation with Boehner, no one had publicly suggested that the Minority Leader was having an affair with Lyons, or with anyone else, for that matter. (Boehner’s office says the accusation is completely false.)
The incident in Sterling was reminiscent of another Stark operation in 2006 that targeted George Allen, the Republican senator from Virginia who was running for re-election against Democrat James Webb. At the time, Stark wrote on his then-website, callingallwingnuts.com, that he wanted to put his “guerilla tactics to use where it matters: winning elections.”
It was a big success for Stark; he had taken a rumor on the left-wing blogs and pushed it into the mainstream media. Now, he’s trying to do the same thing with Boehner.
Read York’s entire post.
So much for your “principled” left-wing blogosphere, concerned only with issues and policy and the like, to win elections.
See, when Democrat politicians lie about cheating on their wives, getting oral sex in the Oval Office and lying about it to Federal juries, it’s all good. Who cares, right? It’s his private life (despite being in government) they say.
are merely accused of doing it and in order to satisfy some loser’s unilateral wet dream do it, it must be dug up, reported and all interviews and correspondence and all the rest must be made viral in one big, hypocritical smear campaign across the moonbat blogosphere. Because the American people need to know.