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It's day two of "Flame the Frosts" in Right Blogtopia. Still leading the charge is Defrost Diva Stalkin' Malkin. Seems the erstwhile heir to BillO has taken to staking out the family Frost in an effort to determine whether they live in a cardboard box, which is now apparently a prerequisite for SCHIP eligibility. That they do not only proves the program is a scam to bailout the undeserving. Tax cuts for the wealthy on the other hand...

But even with their infinite skill from years spent following ex-lovers and the unrequited, there is only so much a Freeper peeper can do on their own. Thankfully they may have gotten by with a little help from their friends.
According to Senate Democratic aides, some bloggers have made repeated phone calls to the home of 12-year-old Graeme Frost, demanding information about his family's private life. On Monday, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid accused GOP leadership aides of "pushing falsehood" in an effort to distract from the political battle over S-CHIP.

"This is a perverse distraction from the issue at hand," said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Reid, D-Nev. "Instead of debating the merits of providing health care to children, some in GOP leadership and their right-wing friends would rather attack a 12-year-old boy and his sister who were in a horrific car accident."

Manley cited an e-mail sent to reporters by a Senate Republican leadership aide, summing up recent blog traffic about the boy's family. A spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declined to comment on Manley's charge that GOP aides were complicit in spreading disparaging information about Frosts.

The NY Times adds more details that suggest the GOPers were perhaps more intimately involved in stoking the fauxtage than originally thought.
Republicans on Capitol Hill, who were gearing up to use Graeme as evidence that Democrats have overexpanded the health program to include families wealthy enough to afford private insurance, have backed off, glad to let bloggers take the heat for attacking a family with injured children.

An aide to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, expressed relief that his office had not issued a press release criticizing the Frosts.

The GOPers may not wish to get their hands dirty. But they certainly are more than willing to reap the benefits from other's mud-slinging. Too bad the Ragin' Righties have only managed to hit a sewer main in their attempts to dig up more dirt for the flinging.

(Filed at State of the Day)

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