10.25.2008

The McCain Campaign's Susan Smith Moment

Powerful Article by Avenging Angel:

Back in 1994, South Carolina mother Susan Smith earned the revulsion of the nation when she blamed a mysterious black assailant for the abduction of her two sons, children she ultimately admitted having murdered herself. With Friday's revelations that it helped foster a hoax about the supposed assault of one of its volunteers by an African-American backer of Barack Obama, John McCain's presidential campaign has joined Smith as a race-baiting fraud.

The fabricated assault on Ashley Todd, the young white woman helping McCain in Pennsylvania, quickly drew the sympathies of both campaigns. But almost immediately, her suspicious story raised eyebrows even in the conservative blogosphere. By early Friday, Todd was exposed as a fraud. And as Talking Points Memo reported, the McCain campaign in the Keystone State apparently played a vital role in perpetuating it:

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