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Must be election season.

My own feelings on the presidential election are more or less irrelevant, but I will break cover to announce that this is absolutely my favorite scandal yet. I had thought to automatically exclude anything involving Vietnam (and, by extension, Cambodia) from the list of honor, but the presence of words like “kern”, “em”, “ligature” and “Selectric”, and the overall aggressive geekiness of the topic have forced me to reconsider.

The Plastic thread is delightful. So are the many discussions over at Free Republic. (As a bonus – as if one were needed! – comment 47 in the Freeper link is apparently the one that got the whole thing started. So if the memos were a deliberately incompetent forgery planted by the RNC, that would be their whistleblower. Ah, I love this stuff.)

On the whole, this guy has the most persuasive take on the technical aspects. But you have to hope this one plays and plays. “Kern”. “Ligature”. It’s as though Neal Stephenson finally got to script one of these things, instead of people like James Carville and Karl Rove.

  1. Stan says:

    Oddly, no-one seems to have asked Donald Knuth what he thinks…

  2. Timothy says:

    Well, Kucinich of course.

  3. Olly says:

    Ah, Wonder who they’re voting for?

  4. Timothy says:

    Duh, maybe I should read all of the links before posting comments. Even the ones that go to obscure blogs like Powerline :-). And yes, the conspiracy angle is great. Today’s newest: was the source and possibly the manufacturer.

  5. Olly says:

    That, and the potential for jokes that they create.

  6. Olly says:

    I know it’s been done by better bloggers. (I got the story, as did everyone else in the world, from Powerline, hence my link to them in the main post.) Just trying to keep up on current events.

    My point is, there are so, so many potential conspiracy theories here. Was the target the Bush campaign? The Kerry campaign? CBS? Dan Rather specifically? Was the forgery (it looks reasonable to assume now that “forgery” is the word) an in-house promotional bid by a researcher that simply got out of hand? (I’ve seen that one speculated upon.)

    That’s why these things are so much fun.

  7. Timothy says:

    I doubt it was the RNC. WWB and I were talking and it might be Burkett, but this stuff has been covered in much greater depth by much better bloggers elsewhere. Go to Powerline and scroll around a bit.

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