On the surface, it looks like a perfectly-crafted Right-Wing conspiracy. Six days before the election, in the last hour of a Democratic Senator’s campaign for reelection, a potentially devastating report emerges on a widely-respected conservative website known for its journalistic integrity. The Senator has allegedly engaged with prostitutes in the Dominican Republic. He reportedly neglected to pay them what they were initially promised for their services. What’s more, one of the Senator’s top donors has purportedly allowed him to stay at his private villa and utilize his private jet for his trips. In the following days, more details come to light. One of the prostitutes with whom the Senator allegedly had relations was just sixteen years old.
The combination of cringeworthy details - the Senator preferred “the newest and youngest girls”; the Senator’s “prostitution spree” went on as he crusaded against prostitution in Cuba - seemed designed to knock him down as Anthony Weiner and Elliot Spitzer had been knocked down before. He would be just one more in a long line of liberals who sacrificed his power for the sake of his sexual desires.
Yet, the allegations made by The Daily Caller against Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) this past November were at first met with almost universal indifference. The evidence provided by The Daily Caller was not convincing enough to outweigh the fact that the timing - with the state which Menendez represents struggling to recover in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election visible on the horizon - was just not right for a sex scandal to stick.
Senator Menendez beat his opponent, New Jersey State Senator Joe Kyrillos, handily and became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee.
Menendez’s victory did not stop The Daily Caller from persisting. Since the initial November 1, 2012 posting, the website followed up no less than 45 times with various updates to the story. Though, the hardest evidence provided remained the footage of two Dominican prostitutes, their faces blurred, identifying Senator Menendez in a photograph as the man they serviced. The website’s efforts to discredit and disempower Menendez seemed at best futile and at worst embarrassing.
And then on Monday night, The Washington Post published a report that one of Senator Menendez’s alleged Dominican escorts had confessed to police that she and her colleague were paid by an unnamed attorney to read a prepared script containing the charges that they had provided sexual favors for the Senator in return for payment. The escort, according to The Washington Post, now asserts that she has never even met Bob Menendez.
After four long months of “did he or didn’t he?” and “does anyone even care?” it would appear that Senator Menendez was telling the truth all along. As he told the post “there are obviously some people, some interests using right-wing blogs that have been perpetuating smears about me and I hope that all the truth comes out, because they are nothing but that — smears,” continuing, “I’ve always said that these are all false. They’re smears, so I look forward to seeing whatever the Dominican courts have to prove what I’ve said all along.”
But America should not now be asking “who framed Robert Menendez?” It would be too obvious for this to be what it looks like. What America should be asking is “who framed The Daily Caller?”
Why would The Daily Caller, which is so widely renowned for its consistent reliability, have persisted with such a ridiculous story - besides the fact that because of the bottomless pockets of their bankroller, rejected Batman TV show villain Foster Friess, they could?
Who sticks to a story that is getting them laughed at, and shushed by their own side, and potentially sued by the subject, when its so profoundly and utterly wrong? Is it like the sportscaster who insisted the coach was changing teams because his source was the coach but the coach had changed his mind and didn’t bother to tell him? Was The Daily Caller so bullheaded because they had an unimpeachable source - who might have been lying to them? In short, did somebody set them up?
This is Obama’s America…and The Democratic Machine he owns has clearly been hard at work with a complex plot to discredit The Daily Caller and, in a larger sense, the Right-Wing media.
That would explain the seemingly inexplicable: why the MSM (mainstream media) refused to circle Menendez and pick at his flailing body like he was slowly-dying roadkill and it was a hawk.
And of course, only those at the top of The Democratic Food Chain would have the insider-knowledge necessary to make the details of the story so perfect: A US Senator and his dirty campaign money charter a private jet to a villa called Casa de Campo where he gets a 16 year old hooker and between trips, he campaigns against prostitution! It’s the type of storyline that Aaron Sorkin would kill (or more realistically, steal) to turn into his next dramedy.
We cannot allow The Democratic Machine to wipe out its most gullible, credulous and easily-manipulated opponents. To save democracy, we must make it safe for stupidity; we must save The Daily Caller.