Conservatives Spinning (in Circles) Over Iseman Scandal

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So which is it, conservatives? Did the liberal New York Times wait to publish their bombshell until after John McCain had locked up the Republican nomination because the NYT hates Republicans and wants to see the nominee crippled, or did the liberal New York Times wait until John McCain had locked up the Republican nomination because it loves John McCain (it endorsed him, after all), and didn’t want to see him maimed with a viable alternative left in the race?

Can we get our spin straight, please?

Update: Oh boy.

Update Update: This post should have conveyed the very real concern I have that this story will end up helping McCain. Hard core conservatives don’t like McCain because he is seen as being in bed (ba dum!) with the liberal media — he has repeatedly taken hatchets to his fellow Republicans in order to impress the members of the press, and in return they’ve showered him with years of adoring coverage. (Or so goes the right-wingers’ theory.) Now, he’s up against the NYT just like every other conservative has been for years. He’s one of them, and deserves their support. Evidence of this thought-process is already evident here.

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Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

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Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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