David French explains what is nauseating about the allegations:
…I don’t use the word cowardice lightly. Here we have former aides who say they’re “terrified” by her condition. They even deliberately chose to say that she’s “incapacitated” for days at a time and made vague accusations about pill use. Yet they can’t even muster up the courage to identify themselves? If the stakes really are so high, surely their patriotism would compel them to come forward so that we can ask some questions, weigh their credibility, and discern whether they had enough access to the candidate to know what she’s endured. By remaining anonymous we can’t cross-examine them (so to speak) and discover the truth.
Then there’s the evidence. Or lack thereof. Anonymous aides expressed terror at her condition, yet if you read the entire article you’ll find that she allegedly missed a grand total of one planned campaign event . . . in 2010. A second lurid tale concerns a migraine so bad that she merely “managed to attend several events in California, including an appearance before a California chapter of the Eagle Forum and a fundraiser in Palm Springs.” Oh, but she was “in pain throughout.” Nice to know…
Anonymous sources do have their proper place – but, in my view, only when corroborated by other hard evidence. In other words, if you discovered a prescription for migraine medication made out to Bachmann and then went and asked her aides and one of them, not for attribution, confirmed that she suffers from migraines, then you’d have story. What we’ve got here, however, is just one anonymous denunciation – that isn’t a story; that is a slander.
But the MSM doesn’t really care – Obama and Co are worried sick about Bachmann and so they are giving her the Palin treatment. Doesn’t matter what it is, just throw it at her…bury her in muck hoping that enough of it will stick, even if false, to incapacitate her as a candidate. “Smear” will be the mildest description of what Obama’s goons will do to each and every Republican who in any way, shape or form poses a threat to Obama’s re-election effort.
There is nothing we can do to stop them – but we can start going all West on the liberals. French is a bit sorry for having used the word “coward” – he shouldn’t be. It was a deceitful, underhanded and cowardly attack…the work of the most disgusting sort of blackguard. The man who launched it deserves to be whipped. Hit them back and hit them back hard – ask them again and again and again just why they are so disgusting. Make their slanders an issue: that is the way to fight back.
And, meanwhile, just keep up the conservative/libertarian drumbeat. Let the Democrats alternate between making attacks and answering our charges of skullduggery. We’ll concentrate on telling the American people what we want to do. The path to victory is paved with two stones – a stoned labelled “vision” and another labelled “fight”. Press the vision, keep up the fight…and then we’ll win.