Saturday, January 12, 2008

Breadcrumb trail

The duel between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has been fascinating to watch. The sparks between the two blades can be glimpsed by watching the way in which the Rezko/Obama story is moving, a tale which revolves around the association of Barack Obama with an Illinois fixer called Rezko. The entire issue came to my attention after discovering what Peggy Noonan describes as "a Web site that is for all intents and purposes a back door to her war room? There you will see that federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald will soon 'destroy' Barack Obama in a 'scandal' involving an 'indicted slumlord' who is Mr. Obama's 'friend of 17 years' and with whom Mr. Obama has been involved in 'shady deals." It's wall to wall Rezko-Obama. Here's a video I found at that site, Hillary is 44 which provides a summary of the story.

Hillary is 44? That site name would hardly ring a bell. Yet it doesn't have to. It may now be possible to scatter derogatory information like a breadcrumb trail through the Internet knowing that the blogs will pick it up (especially when alerted by emails) Once the blogs have sniffed it out at some point the buzz becomes loud enough to make it all the way to the MSM. In this case the story was in the Chicago papers for a long time. But it never had national legs, until perhaps now.

Suppose we run with the hypothesis that someone wants to spread the word that "Obama is linked to Rezko", how do we know whether this buzz is being successfully spread? Here are two queries I ran with Technorati which may provide an indication. The first shows all the blog posts originating from highly trafficked sites which have been talking about the story for the last 180 days.

The second graph shows the number of blogposts from sites with any authority, in other words from any site small or big, which has mentioned it in the last 180 days. As evident from the second graph, the mention of the words "Obama and Rezko" appears to be rising in frequency and becoming near daily in occurence.

In a reversal of expectations we are not seeing something that is percolating from small blogs to bigger blogs, but the reverse. It is almost as if a narrative that has already been noticed by the larger sites begins to attract the attention of even the smaller sites which do not get the email tip-offs the bigger sites do.


Blogger hdgreene said...

There is a possibility for a "Poisoning of the Wells" strategy here. Few people seriously believe the Clintons are devoted to the Democratic party, so the pair can easily convince Democrats that if Hill does not get the nomination then Obama will loose in November. If the campaign is forced to make these "nasty" attacks, the Republicans can simply repeat them in the fall. On the issues, Obama may appeal more to primary voters than Hillary does (hence the need for the tears that tore the lady-left away). So beating him of the issues may not be possible.

There is potential for Obama to do the same with the African American vote. The solution? Make a deal. Perhaps Obama becomes Attorney General and then gets a Supreme Court appointment in the Clinton Administration. I don't think it would be Vice Prez (look at what happened to Al Gore) and the Clintons might want him on the Court before 2012 (in case Hillary does a Carter).

Of course, if Obama is a true idealist he may screw the pooch as a matter of principle. But, hey, he's form Chicago so that's unlikely.

Gov. Huckabee has the potential for poisoning the well on the Republican side with Christian conservatives. Hence the need to take away his conservative credentials, which seem thin to begin with. They can neutralize him using "The Fair Tax" (once they race narrows -- the fair tax is worth 20 percent of the vote) and his apparent fondness for the Welfare State. In otherwords, they can beat him on the issues so his supporters won't stay home in the fall.

1/12/2008 04:46:00 AM  
Blogger betsybounds said...


I hate to seem ill-informed, but you have me with this one: What's a "Carter"?

1/12/2008 05:56:00 AM  
Blogger geoffb said...

I think "does a Carter" means to become such an unpopular figure that you become a 1 term President.

1/12/2008 08:47:00 AM  
Blogger eggplant said...

This is slightly off-topic but the following article "Bush tanked the U.S. Economy" is an example of the new MSM narrative. The Iraq War has been going too well to continue being used as propaganda by the MSM to advance the liberal agenda. The new narrative that the economy is going down the drain and it's George W. Bush's fault is (unfortunately) the main reason why Hillary will be our next president. The economy is going down the drain but it's not the President's fault. This is a process that has been going on for almost a century and is traceable all the way back to Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Unfortunately Americans ALWAYS vote out the party in power when the economy tanks whether it makes any sense or not, i.e. could Hillary really make the economy any better or simply add fuel to the fire?

1/12/2008 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

On the Next Thread I posted a sample page from the no-longer active website of Hillary's new PR Head Man.
Sounds like Mr Clean Jeans brought in to give a fresh new freshly driven snow appearance to everything Clinton.

1/12/2008 02:31:00 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Top Clinton Adviser Arrested for Drunk Driving, Media Mum

Imagine if a longtime adviser for Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee, or Fred Thompson had been arrested for drunk driving two nights before the New Hampshire primary. Do you think this would have gotten reported?

Probably as much as Hillary's crying game, or even more, correct?

Well, Newsweek's Stumper blog reported Friday evening that longtime Clinton adviser and confidante Sidney Blumenthal was so arrested in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Monday, astoundingly with no press coverage of the event

1/12/2008 04:54:00 PM  
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1/12/2008 08:00:00 PM  
Blogger Fat Man said...

Now aren't you glad you know that?

1/12/2008 08:01:00 PM  
Blogger Tynan said...

The United States vs Antoin Resko and Ali Ata is really General Electric vs. Obama.
First, let’s take a look at the judge and prosecutor hearing the case. Patrick Fitzgerald was appointed as prosecutor after the CIA Plume leak forced Ashcroft to resign, and he appointed St. Eve to the position of judge after her work as an associate attorney prosecutor for the Whitewater fraud case (NYTimes, March 16, 1999). This judge and prosecution duo also just took down Conrad Black, who should be in a federal prison in Miami by now.
Now let’s look at the victim in their 10.5$ million case against Resko: General Electric Capital Corporation, which has somewhere between 220 to 500 billion in assets, depending on which of their web sites you check. That’s a lot of money to lose, if Obama becomes president, leads America out of Iraq and goes to 25% renewable energy by 2025 (Obama’s website). General Electric was a major donor to George Bush and the G.O.P. (1,971,884 in 2000 alone according to, and they are financially committed to the Emir of Qatar, who was seen with Resko in Springfield, Illinois donating a million dollars to a museum (Springfield Journal-Register).
Now let’s look at the press attention to the case: General Electric owns NBC, which first aired the Rasko-Obama case on television; Conrad Black–convicted of fraud by Fitzgerald and St. Eves–owned the Chicago Sun-Tribune, which first published the articles connecting Resko with Obama. A jury found Conrad Black guilty of only four of the thirteen charges brought against him after a juror by the name of Kelly discovered documents never presented by the defense (CBC television). So NBC had billions to gain by running the story. Conrad Black may have used his influence with the Chicago Sun-Times to avoid prison time, or he might just be a fraud, but either way the articles the Chicago Sun-Times ran about Obama and Resko cannot be regarded as credible. deseminate
Resko (“risk” in Syrian) isn’t the real story here, he’s just the circus. The real story is how he’s being used by General Electric and the G.O.P. to stop the most influential politician since John F. Kennedy. It is vital that a media source other than NBC and the Chicago Sun-Times investigate the details surrounding the Antoin Resko case before–not after–this kangaroo court makes a mockery of our Democratic Presidential Primary.

1/13/2008 09:10:00 AM  

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