Ben Tribbett (a.k.a. Not Larry Sabato) immolated himself with Duck-Dodgers-like effectiveness today, leaving the Deeds campaign squirreling for cover like Cadet Porky (actually, the cadet was far more intelligent than the Deeds campaign, but I digress).
It all started when Benny was emailed a picture of a Bob McDonnell campaign booth at the Virginia Outdoor Sportsman Show. Tribett immediately slapped it up on his blog insisting McD had the Stars and Bars (otherwise known as the Confederate flag) in his booth. Deeds’ campaign manager – Joe Abbey – promptly tweeted the news.
Now, leave aside the fact that for millions of Virginians, the Stars and Bars is not offensive. Leave even further aside that most of said Virginians who do not take offense are those rural voters Deeds was supposed to steal away from McDonnell. Finally, just throw over the fence somewhere that Deeds himself took pride in “a house with a portrait of the Confederate flag on the wall” (Washington Post) just ten years ago.
Why do I say that? Because Tribbett and Abbey were wrong (Red State).
Now, these things happen in the blogosphere, and the proper thing to do is admit your mistake and take your lumps. Sure, Ben would still have to endure SWAC Girl, Shaun Kenney, Riley, Kat, and Mike ribbing you for a while, but hey, these things happen.
But noooooo, Ben decides to dig himself even deeper with a hilarious reach for – you’ll love this – geometry (WaPo)!
“If a confederate flag was placed at the exact median point between the McDonnell booth and a confederate booth and the McDonnell campaign was not smart enough to demand that it be taken down or that their booth be moved, that’s almost as bad as if the flag were at their booth,” he said. “Either way, it shows a real insensitivity to what the flag means.”
AAAACK! THE DREADED MEDIAN POINT! WE’RE DOOMED!!!
Now, I have no idea what mathematical genius allowed Tribbett to determine the “exact median point” from the picture, but allow me to use this to establish Blogospheric Rule # Um, we’re supposed to be counting? – When you are forced to resort to a syntactical precision best suited for a college-level dissertation, you lose the argument.
Thus, you get the inevitable smackdown from JR Hoeft – and more to the point, you deserve it, Ben.
On the plus side, at least we know for certain that Ben’s “Alert” photo of Larry S isn’t real. Sabato’s toupee is too busy laughing hysterically.