On Friday, I asked readers to vote on three anonymous quotes, and tell me which one was the most ridiculous example of un-earned source secrecy. Rather boringly, we came out with a tie between BuzzFeed's "Team Romney Readies For 'Saturday Obama Surprise,'" with its mysterious Romney adviser, and Roll Call's "Florida Candidates Aim to Stand Out in Ad Crush," with a mysterious "plugged-in GOP strategist."
As the moderator, I give the win to... BuzzFeed! In that story, the anonymous adviser is basically looking for a fresh, phony way to get media attention for in-country Romney surrogates. His strategy: Float the idea that "the other campaign is planning a surprise," and hope that the reporter doesn't remember or care when the "surprise" never happens.
TODAY IN SLATE
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The Human Need to Find Connections in Everything
It’s the source of creativity and delusions. It can harm us more than it helps us.
Happy Constitution Day!
Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.