During today’s debate between Sen. Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell, I was awfully surprised to see this appear on McDonnell’s Twitter feed in the midst of it:
@CreighDeeds confuses audience, mass hysteria ~staff #vagov
Mass hysteria? Whatever Deeds had said, it had left the audience throwing chairs, pulling each others hairs, weeping openly, screaming, running around in circles, and crowding for the exits. What could it be? What had he said that was so offensive?
Well, that’ll have to remain a mystery. NBC 29’s Adam Rhew was covering the event, and I was glad to see him write on Twitter, shortly thereafter:
Mcdonnell ppl tweeting deeds creates “mass hysteria” in auditorium. What? The press didn’t hear it
I expect openly biased coverage from each side of a campaign in press releases, blog entries, comments to the press, tweets, etc. But lying? That was the stuff of the RPV under Jeff Frederick. If McDonnell’s camp is just going to resort to Making Shit Up™, then this campaign is going to get awfully ugly between now and election day.