This says almost everything you need to know about Republicans. Major hat tip to Think Progress for exposing the heartless, sick, callous bastards.:
ThinkProgress has obtained an email that congressional sources tell us was sent to reporters by Sen. McConnell’s communications director Don Stewart.
On Monday morning, Don Stewart sent an email with the following text to reporters:
Seen the latest blogswarm? Apparently, there’s more to the story on the kid (Graeme Frost) that did the Dems’ radio response on SCHIP. Bloggers have done a little digging and turned up that the Dad owns his own business (and the building it’s in), seems to have some commercial rental income and Graeme and a sister go to a private school that, according to its website, costs about $20k a year ‹for each kid‹ despite the news profiles reporting a family income of only $45k for the Frosts. Could the Dems really have done that bad of a job vetting this family?
In the email, Stewart attacks Democrats for allegedly doing a bad job “vetting this family.” That effort to blame Democrats for the smear campaign seems to have swayed some reporters, as CNN this morning claimed that the real story is that “the Democrats didn’t do as much of a vetting as they could have done.”
The New York Times reported yesterday that “an aide” to Sen. McConnell “expressed relief that his office had not issued a press release criticizing the Frosts.” No, what the McConnell staffer did was worse — he used the power and privilege of the Senate office to secretly propagate a baseless smear campaign against a 12-year old boy and his family simply because they disagreed on policy.
And, let’s be clear. McConnell’s staffer is the voice and the conscience of his boss. This is what the GOP leadership office spends time on — bashing sickly 12 year olds. Well, the GOP leader is also doing everything he can to stay the course in Iraq, too.
One other thing: Someone in McConnell’s office basically lied to the NY Times. When the communications director is sending text messages to reporters, it’s hard to understand how the unnamed “aide” to McConnell can claim “relief” over their non-involvement. The Times reporter got duped. So, why would any reporter trust McConnell’s office? But, then again, the entire Washington press corps has simply regurgitated the lies of Bush and his GOP allies for years.