Republican conspiracy theory and blame gaming
I encountered this phenomenon firsthand, after agreeing to an interview on the Foley case with a right-wing talk radio station in Florida. Though the Foley scandal was still in its first days, the talk show host had before him a comprehensive theory about how the Democrats, in league with financier George Soros, had pulled off an "October Surprise."
When I pressed the host for what real evidence he had, he lashed out at me, insinuating that I was ignoring the obvious because I had a "liberal" bias.
I pointed out that I've also demanded real evidence to support left-wing suspicions that President Bush organized the 9/11 attacks - when the available evidence reveals Bush showing gross negligence and exploiting the tragedy, but not acting as a conspirator.
To me, these cases suggest a troubling loss of an American ability to distinguish evidence and fact from speculation and opinion. But a key difference is that the Mark Foley "October Surprise" theory was promoted by leading Republicans, including House Speaker Hastert, while no prominent Democrat has embraced the 9/11 accusations.
--Robert Parry, Foley "October Surprise" Claim Flops, 16 Oct 2006