Was That a Hoax?

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There was an alleged Democratic memo (flogged hard by Drudge and originally published by Politico) which had the Democratic House leadership alleging telling members to keep quiet about plans for a “doc fix” later this year (basically something that would bust the budget and make the deficit reduction moot). But Democrats up on the Hill are saying categorically that no Dem communications person authored it. And they claim it’s a “hoax”.

A fraudulent memo leaked to the press sounds like something more out of a movie than anything that really happens in DC politics. But the Dems are screaming bloody murder. And the Politico has now taken down the piece to confirm its authenticity.

I’m not ready to call this a hoax. I definitely believe the leadership aides who say they’re sure no Dem office authored the thing. But there are a lot of Dem offices. And there’s always that weak link, someone who puts something stupid to paper. So even for them it’s hard to prove a negative. We certainly cannot. But Politico pulling the piece suggests they’re not confident it’s real.

But that’s where it stands right now. We’ll keep you posted.

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