As expected, and Virtucon once again takes the lead. Quoting Thor’s Hammer (the pseudonymous name for the Virtucon consciousness):
If this is true that the Stewart campaign was not involved in the production and/or dissemination of these videos, then they have a real security problem with unauthorized access of their email database.
You see, one of these videos was brought to the attention of Virtucon by way of an email sent to a particular email address of a contributor here. That address is rarely used for anything, few people have it, and only one campaign has been sending messages to that address – the Stewart campaign.
This would mean that the person who wanted to bring public attention to these videos, if not a Stewart campaign staffer, would have to gain unauthorized access to the campaign’s email database, select who they wanted to distribute the emails to from among those listed in the database, and then send out the link on their own. Why someone would go to the trouble to do this when there are easier ways to gather email addresses (like the “CONTACT US” link we have in our sidebar) is at least beyond my comprehension.
This leaves just two explanations – someone on the campaign is behind distributing the video or the campaign’s database has been hacked.
The simplest explanations typically being the ones closest to reality, which are folks prepared to believe?
Quite frankly, Virtucon is right — this leaves more questions than answers.
For instance, if you are accused of something you didn’t do, it takes very little time for you to organize a response denying the charge, providing some evidence to that effect, and probably condemning the tactic.
When you’re accused of something and you did it, that’s when you circle the wagons, call your consultant, weight the options, wonder if there are more shoes to drop, etc…
Why would Stewart let this damaging accusation about him sit out there and propagate amongst multiple blogs, social media, and surely email chains, if he truly didn’t do it? To the contrary, the campaign not only waited for 36 hours to issue a denial, but when it did the response was just rhetoric — as if the campaign had been preparing a bunch of background info that rebuts the accusation or points the finger elsewhere.
Not only does that add to the appearance of guilt, but let’s look at this from a political competence perspective. What kind of candidate/operation lets this sort of damaging story hang out there for over 24 hours with zero response? No damage control? We’re about to face off against a very aggressive Dem machine led by Terry McAuliffe, guys.
Is this the type of crisis management we can expect from Stewart’s campaign should he become our nominee? Nevermind that Stewart has a lot more explaining to do on taxes, “probable cause” ordinances, Tito Munoz decrying Prince William County’s own version of Operation Murambatsvina which cleared out trailer parks on prime real estate, the “slush fund” scandals, and so forth?
If so, we’re going to get our clocks cleaned.
There are others that dig deeper than these — specifically Prince William County conservatives and Tea Party activists that are swiftly beating the drums.
But let’s be honest. These denials (if they can even be construed as such) were pretty weak, indeed. And this is just what the blogosphere has dug up. What does the media have, folks?
If this is the most we can expect from their campaign now in a convention format (amongst erstwhile friends), can you imagine the heat he’s going to take from the Dems and the media?
This whole business really drives that point home. If Stewart is indeed being duped by his own campaign staff — and the Virtucon transcript confirms that the listening audience weren’t the only ones who picked up on this — then Stewart has to remain true to his “Clean Campaign” pledge and sort them out.
Otherwise, what other conclusions are the Republican Party faithful to draw from this entire episode?