I don't write about the PUMAs too much because it's a bit too easy to make fun of them, but this was too funny for me to resist. Somebody left an anonymous comment at one of the big PUMA blogs that asserted, completely devoid of corraborating evidence, that she was a disenchanted Obama employee who had been part of the giant Obama conspiracy to flood the internet with astroturfed sycophants. It was, in short, a hilariously transparent lie.
In the extended entry I've copied the comment, but first a couple notes. The anonymous faux-whistleblower started off small; she was hired to write positive stuff about Obama online and demoralize the PUMAs. Stupid and untrue, but nothing that hasn't been alledged by the PUMAs for a while. She gets a little ahead of herself, though, when she startes laying out the secret Obama plan to conspire with the "MSM" to inflate Obama's poll numbers, thus drawing in the sheeple.
If the PUMAs weren't so hilariously follish, however, they might smell a few problems with this story. First, assuming such a vast and diabolical conspiracy existed, surely it wouldn't be known outside of a cadre of top advisors and corporate folk. But by her own admission, this anonymous commentor was ambivalent about Clinton and Obama, and was just hired by the campaign "for a job," hardly a description of someone with access to strategy. She slipped so smoothly from "we were posting on blogs" to "we had a strategy to manipulate the entire traditional media." If this person was an employee of the campaign in any position to know upper level strategy (real or imagined) I'll eat my foot.
Ok, fine, someone left a stupid comment on a PUMA blog. Not a reflection of them all, right? Ha! The heavyweights of the PUMAsphere jumped on it (with the hilarious, "if true" caveats). Riverdaughter herself took the content to be evidence of its veracity, and frontpaged it. Riverdaughter writes
"Sarah’s testimony is very plausible. It is one big game of psychological warfare perpetrated on us by Obama and his sneaky campaign."
Psychological warfare? I think RD is mistaking the cause of her psychological damage.
Darragh Murphy, the republican founder of PUMA PAC also jumped on the bandwagon
I cannot confirm if this person is actually an obama employee. Doesn’t matter — this is 100% accurate according to our own collective experiences.
See? It doesn't matter if this is true, because I know it's true!
One of the funniest things about the PUMAs is the contradiction between their claimed sophistication and their obvious political naivete. They always "know" what McCain (and formerly Hillary) "needs" to do to win. They "know" how the Obama campaign is thwarting their efforts at democracy. And yet, they haven't the foggiest idea how political campaigns are run. Their inexperience with actual grassroots campaigning and GOTV efforts is hilarious. And the idea that Obama has been astroturfing online support is just bizzare.
Which is more likely, PUMAs; That the Obama campaign spends money to hire thousands of internet posuers to create the illusion of support for Obama, and the only evidence of one of these people is an anonymous comment on a blog? Or that Obama actually has tens of thousands of enthusiastic supporters who are active online. One is obvious, the other is a bizzare conspiracy.
Here's that hilarious comment.
Ok, I want to clear my conscious a little. Hopefully you could make a blog post to help some fellow clinton supporters out.
I work for a campaign and can’t wait for this week to be over.
I was doing it for a job. I was not a fan of any candidate but over time grew to love HRC.
The internal campaign idea is to twist, distort, humiliate and finally dispirit you.
We pay people and organize people to go to all the online sites and “play the part of a clinton or mccain supporter who just switched our support for obama”
We do this to stifle your motivation and to destroy your confidence.
We did this the whole primary and it worked.
Sprinkle in mass vote confusion and it becomes bewildering. Most people lose patience and just give up on their support of a candidate and decide to just block out tv, news, websites, etc.
This surprisingly has had a huge suppressing movement and vote turnout issues.
Next, we infiltrate all the blogs and all the youtube videos and overwhelm the voting, the comments, etc. All to continue this appearance of overwhelming world support.
People makes posts to the effect that the world has “gone mad”
Thats the intention. To make you feel stressed and crazy and feel like the world is ending.
We have also had quite a hand in skewing many many polls, some we couldn’t control as much as we would have liked. But many we have spoiled over. Just enough to make real clear politics look scarey to a mccain supporter. Its worked, alough the goal was to appear 13-15 points ahead.
see, the results have been working. People tend to support a winner, go with the flow, become “sheeple”
The polls are roughly 3-5 points in favor of Barack. Thats due to our inflation of the polls and pulling in the sheeple.
Our donors, are the same people who finance the MSM. Their interests are tied, Barack then tends to come across as teflon. Nothing sticks. And trust, there were meetings with Fox news. The goal was to blunt them as much as possible. Watch Bill Oreilly he has become much more diplomatic and “fair and balanced” and soft. Its because he wants to retain the #1 spot on cable news and to do that he has to have access to the Obama campaign and we worked hard at stringing him a long and keeping him soft for an interview swap. It worked and now he is anticipating more access. So he is playing it still soft.
This is why nothing sticks.
The operation is massive, the goal is to paint a picture that is that of a winner, regardless of the results.
There is no true inauguration draft or true grant park construction going on. There will be a party, but we are boasting beyond the truth to make it seem like the election is wrapped up.
Our goal is to continue to make you lose your moral. We worked hard at persuasion and paying off and timing and playing the right political numbers to get key republican endorsements to make it seem even more like it was over and the world was coming to an end for you all.
There is a huge staff of people working around the clock, watching every site, blogs, etc. We flood these sites. We have had a goal to overwhelm.
The truth is here. I could go on and on, but you get the picture.
I am saying this because I know HRC was better for the country, and now realize this. I was too late by the time I connected to her. To me Barack was just a cool young dude that seemed like a star. I didn’t know him or his policies, but now I understand more than I care to and I realize his interests are more for him, and the DNC and all working like puppets with dean. I always thought a president wanted the better good for the country. The end result I see is everyone dependent on the government, this means more and more people voting for the DNC. This means the future is forever altered. I don’t see this as america, so I am now supporting John Mccain.
Sarah Palin is a huge threat, and our campaign has feared her like you can’t imagine. If it seems unfair how she has been treated, well its because she has had a team working round the clock to make her look like a fool.
this is a big conspiracy and I am so shocked that its not realized.
We released a little blurb the other day that the Obama campaign was already working on reelection and now putting our efforts towards 2012. This was to make it seem like it was above us to continue caring about 2008. Trust me, its a lie. David is very smart, but its a sticky ugly not very truthful kind of intelligence.
Its not over yet, but I think the machine is working. And its a hill to climb.
I will be quitting my post on nov 5th and my vote will be for John Mccain. Fortunately, my position has been a marketing position and I don’t feel I had any part of anything I would feel guilty for. But I look forward to getting out of this as the negativity and environment upsets me.
I wish you all well, and goodluck.
PS my name is not really sarah. but I am a female and I understand your plight.
If these people didn't exist, someone would have to create them.