Stacy McCain Flees Home; Social Media Gate Breaks All The Rules
So last night we were hit with the sudden - yet entirely expected on my part - news that Robert Stacy McCain had to flee his home with his wife and family to an undisclosed location.
Stacy fled because he believed that Brett Kimberlin, convicted domestic lefty terrorist bomber, was overly curious re: Stacy's geographic location.
This curiosity was most likely generated from Stacy's very loud reporting on Kimberlin's money ties to George Soros and Barbara Streisand.
I had a conversation with a political consulting friend about the matter.
"Is Stacy serious?" my friend asked. "I look at this post and he's rattling his tip jar? I thought he was joking."
Yes, I said; that's just Stacy. It's serious.
"This is crazy. Does Neal Rauhauser and all these other people really think they can associate with a guy like Kimberlin and ever hope to work in politics again? Not even a loopy Democrat would want to risk hiring someone who hangs around with a convicted domestic terrorist. What the hell are they thinking? Sure you can do dirty tricks - but this is way beyond that."
True, but this is not politics as usual.
We like to think that in the U.S. of A., we can do politics without degenerating into third-world mayhem. We have political consultants and talking heads. It's all about polls, the latest meme, marketing. Why, it's nothing more than Coke vs. Pepsi.
People operate on that comfortable assumption.
But I think this election year is going to be different.
What if the Soros camp knows Kimberlin's past and present and aren't bothered by it? Look to the latest mayhem in Chicago; look to who funds the Occupy movement. I think you have your answer. I know I have mine.
Hard-core progressives believe that conservatives are pure evil. Evil! Evil, and must be destroyed. Long-winded intricate essays on Keynesian economics in the Weekly Standard is not going to change that.
And if your opposition thinks and feels that you are evil incarnate, then it will act that way, too.
As I said in my previous post, Social-Media Gate is the biggest story of the new century. Future historians will look back to this era as the beginning of the end of politics as usual, and the launch of the modern-day electronic equivalent of the Italian Borgias and Medicis. Rule by tribal political affiliations, with a dash of sword and social-media skulduggery.
And yes, I believe all of these roads lead to Obama, and yes, I think we'll have a messy third-world-style election come November. With a lot of people being forced to flee their homes in terror.
Unless, of course, we turn the tide and shout loudly and from every rooftop: this is America! We don't give money to thugs to intimidate our political opposition! We don't force families to flee from their homes!
The larger conservative media interests out there - such as Brietbart.com, Daily Caller, and so forth - have been entirely remiss in reporting on this story for quite some time. Completely ignoring the swatting of Mike Stack and Patterico was beyond poor journalism, especially when you consider that Andrew Brietbart himself was talking about it before his untimely death.
I hope this is simply due to trying to "time" the story, or lack of understanding on the nature of it, and that they don't think silence will protect them in this Politics Unusual Age. Silence is not the same as marking your door in the land of the Pharaohs. Every door will be opened, silent or not.
So speak now, or forever be damned to a shotgun marriage with the new Era of Politics Unusual.
Update 1: Da Tech Guy:
To my friends on the left who are financing this fellow [Kimberlin]: Do you have any actual honor left? Have you become so secular, so utilitarian that you have reached this point? I have no problem with redemption and forgiveness, Christianity demands it but the person in question is not behaving in an honorable way, and if you are paying a man so he can force a reporter/blogger, his wife and children on the road to avoid him you have to ask yourself: Have you no decency? Have your totalitarian impulses becomes so strong that this is what its come to?
Remember, DaTechGuy, they think you are evil incarnate, and they see their tactics as necessary, not totalitarian. You're the totalitarian, in their eyes, and must be stopped.
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