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Bloggers Lose Their Minds, Credibility

There's been a lot of talk about how 2004 is the year of the blog, and how bloggers are having this huge effect on the campaign. It's amazing how quickly such influence can be squandered on complete lunacy.

This thing about how the wrinkle in Bush's jacket in the first debate was some kind of wire...are you people insane? You really think that the president of the United Fucking States would go on national television with a communications device hidden in his suit? You people have been watching way too many movies.

It's the old problem that us lefty leaning types have always struggled with...our inner instinct to leap to conspiracy theories and knee jerk silliness overshadows our legitimate arguments.

Fellas. Please. Stop with the nonsense. There are enough good reasons to vote for John Kerry and kick out GW. It's not necessary to create science fiction.


At 2:13 PM, Blogger Crinis said...

I think it's a joke, too, but it's not just a lefty phenomenon; the righties have their conspiracies, too: the hyped up liberal media; Kerry farqed with Dubya's tie in Debate one causing Bush to lose (an actual Freeper argument), the swift-boat idiocy, etc...

I actually don't think Bush has a mic, he would have done better in the debates if he had. As it stands, he was a petulant little boy who couldn't answer a question to save his job.

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me as a lefty who thinks it's unlikely Bush was wired.

But after all the lies that have been spread around about John Kerry, I truly don't mind seeing this rumor get some traction.

It's not just "the left" that is spreading it, either. It's become a viral thing. People all over the world are discussing it -- it's been in Salon, the NY Times, Der Spiegel, and other media outlets.

At 4:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Count me as a skeptic who is becoming suspicious. Sorry, but that's a bulge, not a wrinkle. I'm inclined to think it's part of a back brace, which the WH hasn't ruled out yet. (They did rule out Kevlar, and they're trying to blame it on Bush's tailor - damn Frenchie.)

But as time goes on, I think the earpiece is becoming more and more plausible. Frankly, spontaneous, unscripted appearances scare the hell out of Bush's handlers, and if he was doing as bad in debate prep as the rumors had it, I can see Rove OK'ing this. And if you ask me, his behavior during the first debate SUPPORTS the idea - the long pauses, awkward, jumpy answers, the "lemme finish" moment.

I'm beginning to think he was wired AND medicated.

In any event, I wouldn't jump all over bloggers "losing their minds and credibility." It's a suspicious thing, and so far the White House has only made things worse. And when the freeper bloggers went after the Killian memo, I thought they looked nutty for a while there.

At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember thinking the lunatic fringe on the Right had lost it during Clinton's 2nd term, when a rumor started circulating that the president's "DNA" was all over an intern's blue dress. They had simply lost their minds....

At 2:36 PM, Blogger Marc said...

Righties like Drudge have been consumed by the juxtaposition of subliminal messages adjacent to images of Bush: why not have a little fun with unsightly bulges? Besides, it helps demoralize the Righties, who all along have thought the Left was on to something, that Bush was Rove's puppet.


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