Well, my post garnered a comment from Anonymous, part of which I want to repeat here:
"Anonymous said...is this he left's new strategy to go after the "enemy dujour",because i seems all the left wing blogs have the same story.
Looks like you all get the same memos and then run with them."
Well, I just went back and checked all of the major left-wing blogs that I read, and sure enough, not one single one of them has a similar story.
Now, as we know, Republicans do have real talking points- instructions passed out by the likes of Grover Norquist and Richard Viguere regarding what they are required to say in public. Anyone who has followed politics in the last couple of decades has seen these actual documents revealed on a number of occasions. What's more, we see over and over again, nearly simultaneous posts all over the right wing blogosphere and rants in the Conservative media making the same points, often with very similar language. On the other hand, there has never been the slightest evidence of the issuance of formal talking points by Democrats.
Thus we come to a simple fact: Anonymous' claim is a lie, no more and no less. Furthermore, it is an example of a phenomenon that has become common the last few years- the accusing of liberals by conservatives of the dishonest tactics that conservatives most commonly practice. Some people have called this projection, but it is not projection. Projection is a psychological phenomenon; what is going on here is an attempt by Conservatives to muddy the waters and disguise their own vile behavior by falsely claiming that everyone does it. They know they are lying; as usual they don't care.