Saturday, September 06, 2008

Republican Thieves

One of my daily reads is the local blog Right Wing Nation, because the blogger, who uses the pseudonym rightwingprof, is a fairly reliable wingnut bellwether. For example, today, long before I read about the Colorado flag story anywhere else, old rightwingprof was all over it.

For those unfamiliar with the story, here it is from its source, a right leaning blogger at the Denver Post named .
This morning, Republicans tell me that a worker at Invesco Field in Denver saved thousands of unused flags from the Democratic National Convention that were headed for the garbage. Guerrilla campaigning. They will use these flags at their own event today in Colorado Springs with John McCain and Sarah Palin.

Before McCain speaks today, veterans will haul these garbage bags filled with flags out onto the stage — with dramatic effect, no doubt — and tell the story.

“What you see in the picture I sent you is less than half of total flags,” a Republican official emailed. “We estimate the total number to be around 12,000 small flags and one full size 3×5 flag.”

I’m not sure what the DNC was supposed to do with unused hand-flags, frankly. But the Republicans are obviously questioning someone’s patriotism here.
The story was picked up by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air and Carl Cameron and Bonney Kapp at Fox News.

But there's only one problem with the assertion that the Democrats had thrown out those flags. It isn't true.
"Stories circulating about flags at the Democratic National Convention are false. We distributed more than 125,000 American made flags at the Convention - the flags removed from Invesco field were intended for other events and taken without permission. It's disappointing that someone would take American flags without authorization and then falsely describe how they were being used. We have the utmost respect for the American flag, and it's sad to see them being used for a cheap political stunt."

So the Republican stole some flags and then made up a story about how they had been thrown out by the Democrats.

How did the right leaning blogger Harsanyi respond to the news? He sticks with the claim that the flags were thrown out.

How will rightwingprof respond? He'll either ignore the facts or make an excuse and call someone on the left an idiot. A rather endearing fellow... rightwingprof.

Frankly, you've gotta love those Republicans. They steal the flags and then try to make the Democrats look bad for letting them do it. I think Steve Benen summed it best.

It's hard not to get the impression that Republicans are looking for some kind of symbol to help them avoid discussing substance. For a while, it was arugula. Then flag pins. Then Paris Hilton. Soon after, it was tire gauges. Now, it's convention flags. Whether it's true or even coherent is apparently irrelevant.

"This election is not about issues," McCain campaign manager Rick Davis said this week. I thought Davis was offering an assessment, but it was apparently some kind of promise.

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