Edwards Finds Another Flunkie
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It's getting hard to tell the flunkies from the volunteers from the campaign workers and the ingenues over there at the Edwards Team headquarters, but there are more of them than even we imagined! And in an amazing story today at the Huffington Post, Team Edwards™ completes the cycle by -- get this -- blaming Wal Mart for smearing Edwards! It's that evil corporation! Of course, anyone with a couple of ounces of non-addled grey matter knew that it would come to this kind of lame reverse-psychology attempt once the perps had been caught with their pants down.
Wal-Mart has a smear out on John Edwards. What is striking about the smear is the way a corporation feels free to publicize something that a customer did, and to use it as a flat-out, blatant, organized smear campaign. It is starting to appear on all the usual right-wing outlets, and may soon be as widespread as the pre-election Kerry "insulted the troops" smear.
I knew these guys were getting pretty desperate but I didn't know how pitiful they were going to become in their attempt to sweep the Breck Girl's attempt to cut in line for a Playstation III under the rug.
Read on . . .
Of course, it could just as easily be asked why, if the Edwards organization is so carefully run that the man should be trusted to the Vice Presidency: Why on Earth would a "volunteer staffer" who "didn't know" about Edwards' anti-Wal-Mart activities be allowed to use his name in such an unprecedented, unauthorized, arm-twisting way in the first place? Are all the Edwards volunteers similarly thuggish? I mean, if this guy didn't even know the major initiatives Edwards was involved in, how did he ever muster the chutzpah to use his name to procure a Playstation 3 for the Senator and his family, without the Senator's knowledge? At the very least it sounds like Johnnie Playstation has a very slipshod organization. There's no excuse for that with the kind of money John Edwards makes.
It reminds me of a bad parody of a West Wing episode: some underling tries to use the name of the President to do something that the President hasn't pre-approved... Oh, wait! That episode was rerun just yesterday! But that's not going to stop the Edwards acolytes from trying to displace the blame onto Wal-Mart.
This article, to me, constitutes prima facie evidence that not only did Edwards KNOW what was happening and KNOW that his "volunteer staffer" tried to bully and hoodwink and frame a Wal-Mart store into giving the Former Senator a privileged shot at a PS3, he wanted the "volunteer staffer" to be successful!
Imagine the stories if he had been: "Wal-Mart Attempts To Curry Favor With Prominent Critic" ... "Wal-Mart Comps Edwards Playstation 3 To Take The Heat Off" ... etc., etc.
Like I said to Wu Wei:
"They're the original straightfaced liars."
But now they're not just guilty of organizational incompetence, they're also showing how venal and petty they are. Now they're trying to tell you that not only was it an "honest mistake" but that Wal-Mart was trying to smear them. Gotta love John Edwards' sense of wounded noblesse oblige. What's next, John? "I APOLOGIZE TO NOBODY?" C'mon John. You're supposed to be better than this. Get up out of that wheelchair and walk again!
[Update: Edited a few times to express how Shocked! Just Shocked!! I was to see this pitiful attempt at displacement of blame.]
[Update 2: With thanks from a friend, although I briefly touched on it above: Is the Edwards office so poorly run that any volunteer who walks in the door not only completely uninformed of the Former Senator's most important current work but allowed to use the Former Senator's name to procure goods and services? Don't they have, like, a simple piece of paper or an email or something, with a few dirt-simple rulez in there to let their volunteerz reid b4 getting on the Ph0n? Or are all the people who would prepare simple things like that for them stuk in Irak?]