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Wednesday, March 23, 2005
More on the memo.

More evidence is starting to surface hinting that the Democrats were indeed behind the unsigned memo.

From the New York Times:
As tensions festered among Republicans, Democratic aides passed out an unsigned one-page memorandum that they said had been distributed to Senate Republicans. "This is an important moral issue and the pro-life base will be excited that the Senate is debating this important issue," the memorandum said.
Interesting.  So now there is at least one witness to the memo being in Democratic hands, and on Capitol Hill, no less.  As far as anyone can tell, this is the earliest anyone has noted seeing the memo.

We also have the Washington Post breaking the story about a memo that was first seen in the hands of Democratic staffers claiming it came from the Republicans and an actual copy of the memo was first posted on the internet NOT by WP or ABC News, but a left-wing news website.

And Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) is jumping on this by calling for an investigation as this could be a possible violation of Senate rules.

Something stinks, folks.

Now the next question:  Will the New York Times disclose which Democratic staffers were passing the memo around?  I think considering the information they've already given and the evidence that's stacking up, I'd say that isn't an unreasonable request.

UPDATEIn the Agora is on top of things.  Joshua Clayborn contacted some ABCNews sources that are saying they never meant to imply that the memo came from Republican staffers.  And he's busted Kate Snow for directly accusing Senate Republicans for the memo on Good Morning America.

Hindrocket thinks they are starting to back off of their original claim that this was "GOP Talking Points" and they probably don't know where the memo originated.  That sounds about right.

UPDATEHindrocket is back again with a source that's backing up Clayborn's story (Although I wonder how in the world that source got the job after looking at the spelling errors.  There's hope for me yet.) 

Also, The American Spectator reports on a behind-the-scenes investigation carried out by Senators Rick Santorum and Mitch McConnell as well as their staffs to trace the memo back to it's author.  According to their sources, they believe a Democratic research office created by Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid created the memo and started all of this mess in order to sabotage the Democrats.

I'll give Reid's office the benefit of the doubt until more information comes in, but I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't the case. 

Posted at 05:46 pm by Expertise



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