Politico’s Eddie Crispo Gambit

Raj: Who’s this mysterious buddy you suddenly have?

Howard: Just a guy. I know a guy.

Raj: Is it Eddie Crispo?

Howard: No, I can’t tell you who it is. Stop asking.

Raj: Who else could it be? It has to be Eddie Crispo.

Howard: I know lots of dangerous people, okay?

Raj: Name one.

Howard: Eddie Crispo.

The Big Bang Theory The Precious Fragmentation 2010

Krako: Let me say something. I only saw three guys in that ship. Maybe there ain’t no more.
Capt. Kirk: There are over four hundred guys there.
Krako: That’s your story, buster.

Star Trek, A Piece of the Action 1968

If you go to Memeorandum you will find that top story linked over and over again this piece from Politico highlighting GOP disagreements.  Given the history of the media such stories are not a huge surprise, particularly from Politico but there is one thing that caught my eye:

But as the government shutdown heads into day three, a number of Republican senators privately blame the Texas freshman for contributing to the mess their party finds itself in. And now that they’re in it, they say it’s up to Cruz to help find a solution.

“It was very evident to everyone in the room that Cruz doesn’t have a strategy – he never had a strategy, and could never answer a question about what the end-game was,” said one senator who attended the meeting. “I just wish the 35 House members that have bought the snake oil that was sold could witness what was witnessed today at lunch.”

As usual these GOP senators remain unnamed and the Lonely Conservative goes after them for it:

Politico reports that a number of unnamed Republican senators are blasting Ted Cruz over the government slimdown that he inspired. They won’t go on the record, of course, because then the people they’re supposed to represent might get mad at them.

That’s as it may be but it occurs to me there might be something different at play.

The left portrays this as a massive revolt by the GOP against their conservative wing, and these senators are only being quiet to avoid the wrath of GOP primary votes.

But what if like Howard Wolowitz, who pretends he knows a bunch of dangerous people but in fact only knows Eddie Crispo, the GOP “senators” Politico is relying on as sources are not named in order to make it seem like there are more of them than there actually are?

What if the point of not naming these senators is not to protect them from the wrath of the base but to avoid yet another story of John McCain, Lindsey Graham and/or Susan Collins attacking the tea party? Such a story featuring those senators would be old news and wouldn’t get a second look from anyone but a story naming “unknown senators” can spread the anger of the base toward the entire GOP caucus while inspiring democrats to hang tough.

If I’m right then the whole, Obama/left/MSM meme of a GOP breaking apart is a house of cards. This is a real possibility.

The media would never dare admit it but I wouldn’t be shocked if the sources for the story above were Collins, Graham or McCain…

…unless it’s Eddie Crispo

Update:  Added the Star Trek quote.