Hey guys, by now you might be reading something about some Republican rat-eff’er by the name of Ed Whelan, who it seems put together the ultimate came of Clue and came up with an evil-twin theory of who (ALLEGEDLY!) assaulted Christine Blasey Ford.
National Review writer Ed Whelan googled maps, house layouts, and yearbook pages, and declared QED, BITCHEZ! Kavanaugh was innocent and that Ford had confused him with a similar-looking classmate (I saw the pics and the two boys do NOT look at all alike to me) who lived in a similar looking home and declared that Ford had confused innocent choirboy Brett “100 Kegs of Beer Treasurer” Kavanaugh with another boy! Subtext: “Jeebus, skirts be too dumb to even know who (ALLEGEDLY) assaulted them!”
Ford, to her credit said that she was friends with this guy and mosdef was not the (ALLEGED!) assaulter, who was (ALLEGEDLY) Brett Kavanaugh.
In his vast conspiracy theory, Whelan not only named his perp, he published contact info for this person, who probably got a factory of hate calls and death threats, Go USA!!1!
Whelan has since shamefacedly deleted his conspiracy theory tweets and apologized profusely, but should still expect to be getting a phone call from the libelled man’s attorneys. I predict a YUGE settlement. But I digress!
Are we caught up?
So, Whelan libelled an innocent man, published his picture, and dox’ed him in a public forum, the question remains: who set the dogs loose to protect Kavanaugh with the strangest of tortured fiction? Let’s Explore!
- LinkedIn let’s people know when someone is looking at their profile.
- LinkedIn notified Ford that Whelan was looking at her profile BEFORE she was outed by the WaPo as being Kavanaugh’s accuser. How did he know to look her up?
- Ford sent an email to a friend noting that Whelan was looking at her profile (Time stamp!) about 90 minutes AFTER the WaPo shared her name with a White House spokesman and hours before her identity was revealed in a story posted on its website.
- (A White House spokesman said Friday that neither Kavanaugh nor anyone in the White House gave Ford’s name to Whelan before it was disclosed by The Post. So how did he know about her?)
- White House press secretary Raj Shah called a number of Trump allies to warn them about the upcoming story (Ford accusing Kavanaugh).
- Shah disclosed Ford’s identity to a number of these people but (ALLEGEDLY) did not talk to Whelan. So… who did?
- Other White House officials, including Don McGahn, also made calls to interested parties.
- Whelan did not respond to the WaPo’s request for comment on how he first learned of Ford’s identity.
So, what do we discern from all this: Someone in the White House contacted National Review writer Ed Whelan, who made a fool of himself and probably set himself up for a big law suit (and now will undoubtedly have to reveal who tipped him off ahead of time). Conservatives and their media are running away from him as fast as their chubby legs will move, so he’s probably done as a pundit.
Innocent people do not need third party sleuths to come up with a hair-brained alternate universe evil twin theory to save themselves.
I grievously and carelessly wronged the person I identified, and I owe him and his family my deepest apologies. And I of course do not deserve to have him accept my apologies.
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) September 22, 2018
UPDATE 2: Tiger Beat
“It turns out that the Keystone Cops detective work by conservative legal activist Ed Whelan — which set Washington abuzz with the promise of exonerating Brett Kavanaugh, only to be met by mockery and then partially retracted — was not his handiwork alone.
“CRC Public Relations, the prominent Alexandria, Virginia-based P.R. firm, guided Whelan through his roller-coaster week of Twitter pronouncements that ended in embarrassment and a potential setback for Kavanaugh’s hopes of landing on the high court, according to three sources familiar with their dealings.”
CRC is best known for its work with the Swift Boat Veterans in 2004.
UPDATE 3: Same article in Tiger Beat
But Whelan was in communication with at least one Republican member of the committee this week, and that member told associates he was aware Whelan’s theory involved the home of a Kavanaugh classmate near the Chevy Chase Country Club.
Matt Whitlock, deputy chief of staff to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah), directed people to Whelan’s Twitter feed on Wednesday in a tweet of his own and later deleted his tweet.
“Keep an eye on Ed’s tweets the next few days,” Whitlock wrote.