My buddy Robbie over at Urban Grounds points to this great piece at TXConservative about Deb Medina that indicates just where the base of her support comes from -- and her connection to the fringe. A lot of this background information was stuff I was unfamiliar when I wrote about her last night in my gubernatorial endorsement of Kay Bailey Hutchison.
After documenting the connection between the Medina campaign and Ron Paul, radio crazy Alex Jones, and the 9/11 Truther crowd, the Texas Conservative post makes this observation which I feel needs to be given greater play:
With the recent release of a PPP poll showing she is pulling very close to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the media has even more reason to talk about Medina now. However, they seeem to be going the same route with her as they did with Obama – not vetting her by discovering more about her background. Her associations with the Ron Paul brigade and their use of guerilla tactics are something the media needs to wake up to and investigate. There are clear signs that the movement is not based on rational thought but instead a lunatic fringe group backing Medina. Medina herself was at the forefront of this when she filed a frivolous lawsuit against the Republican Party of Texas after they Paul supporters guerilla tactics didn’t work at the convention. The lawsuit has been since thrown out and Medina ordered to pay court fees.
The media itself actually recognized it is not properly vetting Medina during the second debate. Monitoring the chat of the Austin and Dallas newspaper’s on-line blogs showed where she was getting “softball” questions and her past record of managing the Wharton County GOP (which has been roundly criticized by her officials in the county) has not been properly examined.
When you consider that Ms. Medina has significant ties to the 9/11 truther movement, has a more libertarian than conservative viewpoint, and has a legion of followers who use “guerilla” tactics;” one has to wonder if this not a movement but a coup d’état by a fringe group? It’s the media’s job to investigate, the question is will they?
America got snookered with an unvetted candidate who had unsavory associates in his mist-shrouded past. Will the Texas (and national) media make the same errors in 2010 that they did in 2008? This is a big deal given the latest poll results.