Also, that he’s an incredibly annoying human being. But that’s really beside the point. People have a right to be annoying if they want. The takeaway from this interview (h/t happyfeet) is that Dan Wolfe, or whatever his real name is, is almost certainly a real person and not a Weiner paramour or corporate group of politicos or anything like that. The proof? No corporate group (or woman posing as a man) could impersonate such an irritating human being so successfully for that long.
I can’t excerpt it and do it justice. You’ll really just have to read it. Wolfe spends the first umpteen lines of the interview saying “LMAO” and “LOL” and “Fools!” and variants of Lee Stranahan is a jerk and No, you listen to me, I won’t answer your questions until I say this again for the fiftieth time: LMAO, LOL, Fools!, Lee Stranahan is really a jerk!
Jesus Christ he’s annoying. If a jilted lover or corporate entity is that good an actor, then I have to hand it to them, because I’m fooled.
I read the whole thing and by the end of it, I knew two things: 1) I do not like “Dan Wolfe” as a human being, at all, and 2) he’s totally right. All he did was retweet a disgusting tweet by a sitting Congressman. He seems to have no self-awareness as to how his bizarre behavior, explanations for that behavior, failure to explain what seemed like odd coincidences, and sudden radio silence contributed to an impression that he might have been behind all this. But in the end, examining him is almost certainly a red herring.
I’d still like to see more proof of the rumor he says was going around — and there also seem like there are more layers to the onion to peel back in light of Tommy Christopher’s expose of how a Wolfe compadre was contacting women who followed Weiner (they call it harassment). But I’m ready to close the book on any conspiracy theories involving Wolfe. He’s just a guy (albeit an irritating one) with a good explanation of why he saw the tweet and the background coincidences.
Helping me towards this conclusion were some explanations offered by commenter Maybee and others regarding how Wolfe could have been monitoring Weiner’s Twitter feed, from his page, without refreshing every two seconds. It’s too inside baseball to go into here, but if you’re interested you can read the thread here.
The Stranahan theory seemed to explain a lot of things, but Wolfe’s explanation — once he finally got around to it, after a million LMAOs and LOLs — makes more sense to me.
On his blog, Lee says Wolfe lied to people and threw them under the bus. I respect Lee but as has sometimes happened lately, his argument seems to assume familiarity with facts that he hasn’t explained, as it is so terse that it is unconvincing without further explanation.
UPDATE: Sheesh. If you have any doubt about what the Clintonista types can do to someone — and why PatriotUSA76 might be justifiably nervous about being investigated — check out what the Smoking Gun did to this guy, who apparently is connected with Patriot.
Yeah, I guess Patriot really did have something to worry about after all.
UPDATE x2: Eric Boehlert is on Twitter claiming that I said “Clintonista types” run the Smoking Gun. So I will state the obvious: that is not what I am saying. I am saying that someone fed that information to The Smoking Gun?
It is my working assumption that it is the Clintonista types.
Then again, there is much to this scandal we don’t know. So I’m going to stop opining and let it play out.