Ashley Todd, the McCain volunteer who falsely claimed she’d been attacked because of her McCain bumper sticker, probably is a troubled young woman trying to get attention. What’s more pathetic is the way so many on the Right seized her story either as proof of the depravity of Obama supporters or vindication of their hatred of the Left.
To their credit, some rightie bloggers suspected the hoax from the beginning, and today the ones who were fooled are printing retractions. But what’s most pathetic is that the McCain campaign itself seemed poised to make Ashley Todd into a campaign icon, Ã la Joe the Plumber. Ashley the Victim?
McCain’s Pennsylvania communications director dressed Ashley’s story up even more to feed to the press. The same communications director said that Sarah Palin called Ashley. The national campaign took interest. Then it all went poof.
We’re going through the same poor-little-victimized-Right nonsense we went through in 2004. There are overheated jerks on both sides who have gone out of bounds. In Rightieworld, however, only righties are victims. When McCain supporters cross a line, by definition it’s “just a prank.”