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Krystal Ball, Democrat Running In VA-1, And Those Photos

Posted on | October 6, 2010 | 19 Comments

by Smitty

Bearing Drift

You’re 23. You go to a party. You drink a little. Some not so flattering pictures are taken of you horsing around with your friends. Five years later you decide to run for Congress. Those pictures end up on the internet, on a regional blog written by supporters of your opponent, which gets picked up by a larger blog that everyone reads. What’s the best way to ensure that the story stays small? Simple – you ignore it. Let your surrogates explain the pictures or, at most, make a joke about them in a speech.

What’s the best way to ensure that the story has legs? Well, first, do an interview with a local TV station. Then go on the Today Show.

That’s exactly what Krystal Ball, the Democratic candidate running against Congressman Rob Wittman in Virginia 1, is doing. And I’m willing to bet she’s doing it on purpose. Why? Because there’s no other reason why she’d give those interviews – they’re 100% contrary to what every good crisis management plan advises. No matter what she says in the interviews, she’s giving the TV stations and the blogs more fodder and more excuses to run the pictures.

The scurrilous images are supposedly posted at Black Velvet Bruce Li:, which is slashdotted. The URL, itself, invites the question how one differentiates between dildos and Democrats. Capital ‘D’? Three extra letters?
Word of this scandal has reached the realm of rock’n’roll, where Tommy Shaw is singing: “Krystall Ball, there’s so many things I gotta know”:

Just a little more research takes us to a port side blog, LeavingMyMarc, which has her campaign acceptance speech back in May:
Krystal Ball to Convention Delegates: “Democratic values are American values”. Indeed, Krystal, the verity of this assertion clearly explains why Creigh Deeds crushed Bob McDonnell in the 2009 VA gubernatorial race.
As tools go, she is among the more attractive, one must admit. Would that her ideas were as attractive as the candidate herself. Airhead.


19 Responses to “Krystal Ball, Democrat Running In VA-1, And Those Photos”

  1. jules
    October 6th, 2010 @ 9:57 pm

    After what every attractive Republican candidate has had to endure… and let’s face it, there are tons more attractive R’s than D’s, tough doodoos. She won’t have truly arrived, however, until Andrew Sullivan becomes intimately fascinated by her procreative activities.

  2. M. Thompson
    October 6th, 2010 @ 11:31 pm

    There’s a reason you should generally not take cameras to certain types of parties.

  3. Mike LaRoche
    October 7th, 2010 @ 1:19 am

    Virginia is for lovers.

  4. Hans Cherney
    October 12th, 2010 @ 10:54 pm

    Wish I could vote for you, but I live in Maryland. You are great! I hope you win and I am only 89. More power to you!