Yesterday the exec VP of Fox News said: “This incident could become a watershed event in the 11 days before the election. If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee. If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”
Well, I guess it’s over for McCain then.
Police sources tell KDKA that a campaign worker has now confessed to making up a story that a mugger attacked her and cut the letter “B” in her face after seeing her McCain bumper sticker. Ashley Todd, 20, of Texas, initially told police that she was robbed at an ATM in Bloomfield and that the suspect became enraged and started beating her after seeing her GOP sticker on her car. Police investigating the alleged attack, however, began to notice some inconsistencies in her story and administered a polygraph test. Authorities, however, declined to release the results of that test.
Investigators did say that they received photos from the ATM machine and “the photographs were verified as not being the victim making the transaction.” This afternoon, a Pittsburgh police commander told KDKA Investigator Marty Griffin that Todd confessed to making up the story. The commander added that Todd will face charges; but police have not commented on what those charges will be.
It’s been so very fascinating watching this story unfold on Free Republic. It was like being inside the collective hive mind of a drone colony of wingnuts. Here’s how the collective saw Ashley Todd’s story:
Hour One, Outrage: “Damn! Poor girl! I hope they catch the fucker and FRY HIM!”
Hour Two, Blame: “This is Obama’s fault. Remember how he asked his supporters to get into everybody’s face?”
Hour Three, Predictions: “This heinous and brutal mutilation is just a tiny sign of the widespread debauchery, violence, and perversion that will overtake the country when Nobama’s socialist-marxist-communist-fag administration takes over. IT’S A SIGN, PEOPLE.”
Hour Four, Satisfaction: “Can you believe those pigs at Kos and DU are calling this a hoax? Guess they don’t like their Savage Leader calling on the brothers to give us a taste of what’s coming BEFORE the election. Sorry Commies, you screwed this one up.”
Hour Five, Planning: “McCain needs to get this Todd girl on the campaign trail. Her beaten and Barack-scarred face would show this country exactly the sort of ghetto filth that their Messiah will unleash on the rest of us.”
Hour Six, Dismissal: “The Pittsburgh cops say they’re suspicious of Todd’s story. Figures that inner city cops are covering up for this gruesome attack on a poor white girl.”
Hour Seven, Hope: “McCain and Palin have already called Ashley to express condolences. Let’s hope the Ashley Todd ads are being made as we speak. Ashley is our Willie Horton!”
Hour Eight, Anger: “The liberal elite MSM is casting doubt on the story. Why is anybody surprised? You can bet if this was a black girl with an “M” carved in her face this would be on EVERY CHANNEL.”
Hour Nine, SnopesZone: (This hour was consumed with dozens of traded theories on exactly how a person gets a backwards “B” carved into her face with little damage. People claiming to be ER doctors and plastic surgeons weigh in to SWEAR that Todd’s wound’s are “totally consistent” with her story.)
Hour Ten, Suspicion: “If this IS a hoax you know this girl was planted by leftists to make us look bad. What’s her background? Why did she just get to town? OMG! On her MySpace she friended RON PAUL!”
CONCLUSION: “Obviously Ashley Todd was part of a very well-run campaign to discredit McCain. Congratulations are due to MoveOn for this one. Don’t expect to the MSM to investigate this OBVIOUS plant by the Obamacons.”
The hilarious photo below was created by Gawker commenter Fetys.