The Plum Line – Greg Sargent
LinkedIn has now responded to Christine O’Donnell’s claim that she had no role in posting her online bio, which falsely claimed she studied at Oxford. But right now, LinkedIn says, it’s not yet in a position to determine whether or not O’Donnell is telling the truth.
“We have taken the profile down. That’s all we are confirming,” LinkedIn spokesperson Shannon Stubo emailed me. “It was taken down in response to Christine O’Donnell’s request. This is not an acknowledgment that the profile was fake.”
To reiterate: O’Donnell’s campaign spokesperson didn’t indicate that the profile was unauthorized when I contacted her for comment last week, or when I contacted her yesterday before publishing.
* Also: When the O’Donnell campaign was pressed by a skeptical Associated Press reporter to answer why they didn’t challenge the veracity of the profile when I asked about it, the campaign declined to answer directly:
Asked Wednesday to explain why she did not challenge authorship of the profile when talking with Sargent, O’Donnell spokeswoman Diana Banister replied simply, “Ms. O’Donnell has clarified any questions about her education and the LinkedIn page.”
Happy Hour Roundup:
* Max Baucus throws down the gauntlet with all those outside groups flooding the midterms with cash, calling on the IRS to take a close look at whether they are in compliance with tax codes — and even hinting at a possible Senate probe. Keep an eye on this one.
* Brian Beutler breaks the news that House Dems have made it official: They will postpone the vote on extending the middle class tax cuts until after the election.
My understanding is that Nancy Pelosi wanted this vote, and was pushing for it as late as this morning as a way to make it crystal clear to voters who is on the side of the middle class. Majority Whip James Clyburn wanted the vote, too, I’m told.
But while Steny Hoyer wanted to extend the middle class tax cuts, he was sympathetic to Dems in marginal districts who argued that a vote would interfere with their efforts to localize the election. They claimed they could better push the issue on their own in their districts. In the end, though, all the leaders agreed that there wasn’t enough support in the caucus to hold it.
* And: Chris Van Hollen, addressing the postponed middle class tax cuts vote, vows Dems will “take the fight to the election.”
* Don’t miss Aaron Blake’s overview of the House map and the DCCC’s and NRCC’s ad-buying strategies.
* It’s not just Fox and MSNBC: Ben Smith makes an important point, acknowledging that even self-described nonideological news outlets at times inevitably function as “political actors.”
* Fox News, ever bashful about making itself the story, goes on a jihad against Obama for speaking the truth about Fox News.
* More proof of the “Charlie Crist crunch” I noted below: In a new CNN/Time poll, Marco Rubio has pulled away from Crist, 38-31 — because Crist is losing Republicans to Rubio and Dems to Kendrick Meek.
* AOL News asked the O’Donnell campaign about the Oxford/LinkedIn bio way back on September 15th, so O’Donnell’s people may have known about this for two weeks without claiming it was fake.
* Jane Hamsher defends the “professional left’s” attacks on Obama, claiming liberals haven’t really turned on him and that he’s merely enduring an unprecedented level of “detailed process scrutiny.”.
* And here’s the headline of the day: Dave Weigel has the full rundown on why liberals don’t like Rahm, in a piece called…
So Long, Jerk
What else is happening?