As Rick Ellensburg might say, “This is who they are. This is what they do.”

Portrait of a victim: [photos removed at the paper’s request].

Quoth Mike Stark by way of Jon Henke: “I didn’t push anyone that I remember.”

Captain Ed’s already written the post I wanted to write, replete with a link to Dan Riehl’s latest about what looks to be another eleventh hour dirty trick from the left. The only thing Ed missed that I’d add is Byron York’s column yesterday explaining how Stark’s provocation served as a kind of trojan horse for the media:

If you have kept up, you know that left-wing bloggers have been agitating for the release of the records from Allen’s divorce from his first wife, Anne. There is a rumor among those bloggers that the records will reveal an allegation that Allen spit on Anne Allen, and the bloggers have been angry that press outlets have not reported the story…

That’s where Mike Stark came in. His bit of theater with Allen in Charlottesville got wide coverage. And in today’s Washington Post, sure enough, Stark succeeded in getting the spitting rumor into print. “W. Michael Stark, who identified himself in an e-mail after the incident as a University of Virginia law student, yelled a question at Allen about whether he had ever spit on his first wife, an unsubstantiated charge that has been circulating on liberal blogs on the Internet,” the paper reported…

Mission accomplished. The spitting story is now officially in circulation. The incident shows what a dedicated activist — no longer a prankster — can do, with a little brazenness and a willing press.

Where have we seen that pretextual M.O. used before?

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