September 30, 2008

Astroturfing Stage 1: McCain is Going to Die!

As I've noted before, the left's astroturfing campaign strategy involves a two-stage narrative. Quoting myself:

The second ingredient in the narrative paints Sarah Palin -- who would take McCain's vacated Presidential office -- as not ready for the job. Obama's campaign has called her experience & intelligence into question, but there is also a "grassroots" viral campaign of deception that claims Palin is on the political fringe and is a religious lunatic.

Just in the past week, since we first began following the astroturfing of Sarah Palin, rumors have circulated that Palin was a member of the John Birch Society and that she hates rape victims. Bored with the spreading the lie that Palin thinks the Earth is 6,000 years old and that she banned books, this week the netroots are claiming that she supports witch hunts. Not metaphorical witch hunts, actual witch hunts.

What was step 1? Raise questions about McCain's ability to serve out his term.

Remember, when the grassroots are being led by the elite it's not "astroturfing": it's community organizing.

Thanks to Ace.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 02:16 PM | Comments |