Saturday, September 22, 2007

I am not a lesbian

by Capt Fogg

And neither is Hillary Clinton but what's said cannot be unsaid. In our modern world, any accusation will be believed by someone and any denial will make it worse for the accused.

There is a legendary tale about Lyndon Johnson in his early political career having "leaked" the story that an opponent had made a lifelong practice of carnal intercourse with the sows he kept on his farm. When told by an adviser that nobody would believe such a story, Johnson replied that it didn't matter, he just wanted to make the guy deny being a pig-F***er. Even if there is no evidence, one reporter after another will try to gain notoriety by asking if the rumor is true and thereby validate the hoax that there is in fact a rumor. The trick is old, but the audience is always young.

Mrs. Clinton has been studying under that great teacher of experience for a long time and is no stranger to the slinging of the slime. "People will say what they want to say," was the perfect answer and the complete truth and it avoided the dilemma of confirming by denial or confirming by refusal to comment. If the Meth-addled Ann can call John Edwards gay and get away with it, the GOP skunk works has little to lose and may have a few votes to gain by trying it on Clinton.

Cross posted at Human Voices

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Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I thought Hillary handled that rather well myself.

What have we come to when that's even a question? Why can't we have a decent press?

11:21:00 AM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Where's the profit or chance for promotion in decency?

11:41:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good question to which I unfornately have no answer.

1:28:00 PM  

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