The sensible thing to do would be to hold off until tomorrow on this story; then again, the sensible thing to do would be to find something more productive than blogging.
So a few hours ago this girl claims she was mugged at an ATM in Pittsburgh. The alleged assailant (a dark-skinned black man, 6 feet 4 inches tall, 200 pounds with a medium build) got $60.00 out of her, then noticed the McCain bumper sticker on her car, "became agitated" and attacked her and carved the B in her face.
One has to be delicate here because if this girl is the victim of a mugging then she's had a very traumatic experience. And it would be naive of me to claim that an Obama supporter isn't capable of this kind of violence, because it's a big country and the majority of it appears to support Obama. They're not all saints. Still, with all that, I don't think the mugger is the one who made a political statement here.
Before I go on, I want to point out that I'm not the only one who isn't buying it. Wonkette is rejecting it outright, and to her credit, so is Michelle Malkin. (H/T for the picture, Ms. M!) So here is our problem with the story.
- The black eye isn't swollen. Normally so soon after blow, it would be. Miss Todd has refused medical attention, so we can't get more information about this.
- The letter - why "B" and not "O"? Seems to me an O would be a lot quicker (thus avoiding the risk of capture) and more commonly associated with Obama.
- Why such a light touch? Wouldn't someone perpetrating such a savage attack (remember, he was said to be agitated) draw a little blood?
- And for god's sake, why is it backward?
On the other hand if you were a McCain volunteer, worried about the polls, you might consider faking an attack to stir up a little rage at Obama supporters, especially the dark-skinned black ones. The backward letter recalls a similar event that occurred in the eighties to Morton Downey Jr. His show was on the way out, and he claimed to have been attacked by neo-nazis who carved a swastika on his face; but it was backward. The subsequent investigation concluded that Downey had carved it himself while looking in a mirror.
I'll give Michelle Malkin the last word. God help me.
Hate crimes hoaxes — by anyone, of any political persuasion, and of any color — diminish us all.
***Update*** Just kidding, says Ashley Todd. "You're under arrest," reply Pittsburgh police. Time to put this one to bed.