Via WTAE in Pittsburgh:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman for her to make a speedy recovery, and we hope that the person who perpetrated this crime is swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.”
McCain personally contacted Ashley and her family:
“She is a volunteer for the McCain-Palin campaign,” said campaign spokesman Peter Feldman. “Sen. McCain has reached out to her via telephone and has spoken to her and her family,” as has McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Feldman said. “Out of respect for her privacy we’re not going to comment further.”
I’m sort of on the fence on this one. Maybe it’s true and maybe it isn’t. The photo with the backwards “b” makes me wonder but it’s the media’s handling of it that I think will be interesting.
This story would be burning through the media, even without confirmation, had an Obama volunteer reported a similar incident. Instead, they’re is going to be all over this young woman. Every detail of her life, related or not, will be fair game. The treatment of Joe the plumber will appear restrained in comparison. I don’t think she’ll come out of the other side with a shred of credibility even if they can’t poke holes in her story. Pundits will want to know how she can be taken seriously when she skipped school at 13 or had an unpaid parking ticket.
Then again, many of them might just pass over the story entirely. They’re just too busy posing balanced questions like “Is the McCain campaign honorable?”
Outside the Beltway – I’m now skeptical of this woman’s claims. The “B” is backwards. Perhaps her assaliant is horrifingly illiterate, but it could also be the result of injuring oneself by looking in the mirror.
Democrat = Socialist – Who cares that the “B” is backwards, it’s too neat and uniform in cut. She would have had to hold very still and the assailant would have had to been taking his time and careful not to go too deep.