Thursday, October 28, 2004

Black Blog Ops

Back in June, Hugh Hewitt speculated that some politicos would use blogs for dirty tricks during the course of the campaign. To run a Black Blog Op, Hewitt wrote, "Build an audience via tried and true techniques . . . and then, late in a campaign, have the blog turn on candidate X."

Hugh Hewitt: Prophet! The group Yes, Bush Can has been bopping around for a while, running a guerilla campaign that seemed to support George W. Bush. Today, I get an email from the group announcing that "as we traveled across America campaigning for Bush, we learned more than we wanted to know about Bush's policies. We came to see that this administration is a catastrophe for most people. As a result, we are abandoning our support of Bush and officially endorsing John Kerry for President."

Now the "Yes Bush Can" campaign was never really pro-Bush. Sure, they said things like "President George W. Bush is ready to lead us through these difficult times, but liberals don't believe our citizens are ready to face hard choices." But if you kept reading, you found that they were being, like, waaay ironical.

Still, only people paying close attention would have noticed. Now that they've "officially" renounced Bush, I won't be surprised if some gullible journalist bites and does a story on how this "grassroots" group is turning on the president they "supported" just five days before the election.

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