The liberal-yet-estimable Not Larry Sabato got hold of an e-mail from the George Allen campaign today and, well within his rights, managed to get a bunch of commenters to descend with talons outstretched. Whether the e-mail is truly an embarrassment to Allen I cannot say, because reading all those comments and delving into the subject matter are a couple inches outside my "life is too short" circle of relevance.
However I will say the means by which NLS might have come by the e-mail is an interesting mystery in itself.
Here's what we know. An Allen campaign worker sent the e-mail to some bloggers friendly to the campaign. NLS would not have been on the recipient list, obviously. Therefore, the e-mail was forwarded to NLS. So, who did the forwarding?
I'm no Agatha Christie, so don't look to me for an answer. But Virginia Virtucon makes a very educated guess and a useful observation:
If this person was hoping for a future in Republican politics, this person might want to take up residence in a different state permanently.
E-mails forwarded to NLS? Tres conservative bloggers under suspicion? If you are feeling vapors of deja vu, you are not going crazy in the head. You simply need to get reacquainted with an old, old story which was discussed oh so very long ago: here, here, and here.
UPDATE: Virginia Virtucon writes: "It is more than an educated guess. It was fairly easy detective work on the part of those of us who were intentionally included in the original e-mail."
That appears to settle it, friends. If there is any other conclusion to be drawn from this, than that Vince of Too Conservative deliberately sent an "insider" e-mail from the George Allen campaign to a blogger unfriendly to the campaign, please let me know. Otherwise, from the "Worst Blog" of them all: Go take a powder, TC, and rename that blog of yours. My suggestion: "Too Young - A Texas Liberal Republican Viewpoint."
UPDATE II: How now, sirrah! Virginia Centrist writes: "I'm pretty sure it wasn't Vince. From what I heard, he didn't even find out about this whole thing until many hours after it blew up."
We're anxiously awaiting further confirmation.
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