July 9, 2011

Liberal Gotcha Politics

[And I'm back from camping...tanned, with a significant number of mosquito bites and a smell of campfire about me].

The New York Times has a story today about the future Sarah Palin emails of every potential GOP candidate and the planned spin on the gaffes. Sickening, but it's their only hope.  President Obama's gaffes will be well documented (though not reported).  They are planning on fighting gaffes with gaffes.
AMHERST, N.H. — Aaron Fielding quietly stalks his prey — Republicans — with his video camera, patiently waiting for a political moment worthy of YouTube.

At 27, he is a full-time “tracker” for American Bridge 21st Century, a new Democratic organization that aims to record every handshake, every utterance by Republican candidates in 2011 and 2012, looking for gotcha moments that could derail political ambitions or provide fodder for television advertisements by liberal groups next year.

The organization has hired a dozen professional trackers like Mr. Fielding, outfitted them with the latest high-tech cameras and computers and positioned them in key states where Republican candidates are busy chattering away to voters. If all works as planned, incriminating moments captured by American Bridge will quickly become part of the political bloodstream.
But it's not just stalking, it's spin.
Mr. Fielding’s efforts on July 4 produced no embarrassing moments. But officials at American Bridge insist that is not the point. Along with the video he uploaded, Mr. Fielding sent in detailed, time-coded “field reports” that will be entered into a searchable database and used to index the hours of video from the event.

If a Democratic group is ever looking for the image of Mr. Romney paying for a 25-cent lemonade with a $5 bill, it will know just where to go. If it wants a clip of Mr. Romney saying the president has made the economy worse, the archive will have one. Or if it needs Mr. Romney talking about World War II veterans, it will be able to find it.

“I can come up with the spin. I need the facts,” said Paul Begala, a former top adviser to President Bill Clinton and a senior strategist for Priorities USA Action, an outside group that is working to re-elect President Obama. Mr. Begala said American Bridge would help fuel his group’s ads. “Let’s go to the videotape!”


  1. Well, it isn't like they can run on facts, can they?

  2. Good Grief. Such Desperation. You would have thought that they would have learned something from all of the time, money, and energy they wasted going through Sarah Palin's emails and found - NOTHING. Apparently there are no limits to which they will stoop to dig up something. If they want dirt that bad, all they have to do is look within.

  3. They could never do that Otis. It's just like spending - they're in denial about it. The problem is always someone else's fault. The faults are always someone else's never their own. And don't forget the win dirty tactics suit that mindset.

    It's all part of their standard operating procedure.


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