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Allen campaign manager Dick Wadhams:

"They [the Webb campaign] have been continuing that anti-Semitic strategy through their paid bloggers," Wadhams said.

Some of you will instantly grasp the irony. Remember, Wadhams was John Thune's campaign manager in South Dakota in 2004, the only Republican to oust a sitting Democratic incumbent. And he did so, in huge part, by using "paid bloggers". Gannett's political editor Chuck Raasch explains.

Wadhams is a pioneer in the use of paid bloggers to shred others' reputations. He ran the campaign of Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., in 2004, which had two bloggers on the payroll who attacked the credibility of the state's largest newspaper -- the Sioux Falls Argus Leader (another Gannett property) -- and the state's pre-eminent political reporter, David Kranz. Kranz is one of the best and most conscientious reporters I have known in 30 years in the business. Both bloggers ended up working for Thune after the election, on the taxpayers' dime.

They want to dish it out, but they can't take it.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Thu Sep 21, 2006 at 02:14 PM PDT.

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