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There was a time in the not too distant past that Larry C Johnson, who tirelessly promotes his ties to the CIA, was a darling of the Left. He spoke out against those in Washington that were trying to smear Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame.

In recent months, however, Larry Johnson via his writings at his own website and at Arianna's Huffington Post, has shown himself to be willing to do and say anything to smear one of our two remaining Democratic candidates - Barack Obama. He knows which side his bread is buttered on. For LCJ, a Clinton in the White House means access.

Like several other people here at DKos, I keep a watch on the smears against our candidates. Lately, the smears coming from MyDD, TalkLeft and NoQuarter have grown increasingly ugly and desperate (although MyDD has been getting tougher lately with banning the race-baiters).

So, as we approach the homestretch of the primary season, I guess I'm not surprised that Larry Johnson is trying a new tactic. He employs a familiar but disgusting technique of trying to smear someone via their associations - he's tried the Kenya connection, the radical Weather Underground connection, the New Black Panther Party connection, the Syrian connection, and the Nation of Islam connection, the Malcolm X connection, the Spike Lee connection, and everyone's favorite - the pastor connection.

But he and his ilk are frustrated that the Big Media isn't biting as hard as they would like. And they're frustrated that the public isn't biting either.

They think, if only the People really knew about Obama's connections, they would vote for Hillary.

So, here's his plan. Taken from his April 9 post at his website.

Folks, I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of guessing about what will happen once [sic] the average American voter will think about Barack Obama once they get a chance to know about his associates.  So, we are going to look into doing a poll that will be methodologically sound and scientifically accurate to get a clear picture of what lies ahead.  If you are interested in helping finance this effort hit the PayPal donate button.  No pressure.  If your money is tight, send it to Hillary.

As someone in his comments section pointed out - a poll like that with a reasonable margin of error would cost at least $25,000.

Someone else asks a very good qusetion - Is Larry trying to fund a push-poll in the days before the PA primary?

Larry insists that's not his plan:

No push poll. I’m examining a technology that allows polling to be done via the internet. cost of this should be under 10k. I’ll update everyone as I get answers to the details.

Say what?  

Let's read that again.

No push poll. I’m examining a technology that allows polling to be done via the internet. cost of this should be under 10k. I’ll update everyone as I get answers to the details.

The Internet!!

Did he say polling via the Internet?

Funny, because before that he stated:

So, we are going to look into doing a poll that will be methodologically sound and scientifically accurate to get a clear picture of what lies ahead.

Let's see if Larry can raise 10 Large for this "methodologically sound and scientifically accurate" Internet poll designed to throw the kitchen sink at one of our candidates - a Dem who may possibly be our next President.

And if and when he does so, will he tell us who the donors are?

Originally posted to dannyinla on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 10:13 AM PDT.

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