Remember the old leftist lie about how Sarah Palin was allegedly charging rape victims in Alaska for rape kits? A rape kit is a collection of items used by medical personnel to collect and preserve physical evidence following a sexual assault. The bogus story, first circulated on nutroots websites with reputations for distortion and outright lies, percolated up into the liberal "mainstream" media, which has a reputation for simply reprinting material from their nutroots cronies without bothering to check for such pesky stuff as validity.
"They’re bringing up the thoroughly debunked urban legend about Sarah Palin and the rape kits — again. And they’ll do it again and again, anytime Palin’s name is brought back into the news and the general public reaction isn’t already quite as negative and visceral as they’d like it to be."
The reaction from conservatives is, "Aw jeez! Not this again." But we shouldn't be surprised. The tactic is right out of Alinsky's Rules for Radicals:
RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)
But we shouldn't lay all of the blame on the radical feministas. Hey, if it works for Obama...