One thing I cannot recall seeing in all the sturm und drang over who released the rumor is this:
What if it was released by Chris Lehane?
If he is the culprit, he's just burned ALL of his bridges. The GOP would never hire him because he's a scumbag leftist. Democrats will never hire him because he destroyed the Kerry campaign (out of spite?) and can't possibly concoct a suitable explanation for his actions.
The usual suspects are already fingering Rove. Atrios and Hesiod (no links for them) have painted themselves into a corner in their frenzied rush to blame the GOP, despite the significant evidence that it's coming from the now defunct Clark campaign, run by Chris Lehane, who was canned by Kerry in September.
I consider Lehane to be pond scum; I make no effort to hide my contempt for him. I really hope that it is proved that he was the one who leaked the rumor, as it would mean one less snake in the garden of politics, and that's always a good thing.
UPDATE: I need to clarify one thing. I don't think Clark himself was in any way responsible for the leak. I seriously doubt he'd throw his support behind Kerry at the same time that he was attempting to destroy his campaign. I am fully of the belief that Lehane acted on his own.
posted on February 13, 2004 03:49 AM
Unless Clark was doing a favor for Kerry at the Massachusettes Senator's request by leaking a false allegation intended to immunize Kerry from future credible (real) allegations of sexual dalliances. I doubt it, but...
What I find curious is how the young lady's parents went from calling Kerry a "sleazeball" a few days ago to now saying they look forward to voting for him. Hmm. If I was the cynical type...