It may be to late to reverse the damage, but the Republicans may have been set up for
the beating they are taking from U.S. public opinion -over political opportunism in the Schiavo case.
So says a Weekly Standard analysis which eventually levers a single incongruous spelling error into full-blown suspicions about Raw Story's sourcing of the "GOP Memo" which landed the Republicans in trouble:
"The memo was first reported by ABC's Linda Douglass on Friday, March 18. The next day, on ABC's Good Morning America, Kate Snow confronted House Majority Leader Tom DeLay with "some talking points that Senate Republicans were circulating"; DeLay denied any knowledge of the memo.Oh, ummm.... Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people, either way, eh?
"[But] the memo's legitimate talking points were merely cut and pasted off the internet. The anonymous author's contribution was simply to add the explosive (and, in context, inappropriate) political observations.