There’s a connection between the infamous “1984 video” that appeared recently on YouTube and the far left campaign to smear Hillary Clinton.
As noted on the company’s web site:
“The partners of Blue State Digital – Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Clay Johnson, Joe Rospars and Ben Self – started the company immediately after working for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign in 2004. Since then, the company has grown to 22 employees with offices in Boston and Washington, D.C. and works with over 40 clients – including Sen. Ted Kennedy’s (D-Mass.) campaign, Gov. Tom Vilsack’s (D-Iowa) PAC — Heartland PAC, the AFL-CIO, the DNC and the Democratic Governors Association.”
(More on Howard Dean and Blue State Digital. More on the “grudge” between Hillary Clinton and Howard Dean and why Blue State Digital is a breeding ground for campaign dirty tricks like the “1984 video.”)
Although the company released a statement distancing itself from the video’s creator, Phillip de Vellis, clearly there was an anti-Hillary Clinton, anti-war fevor within the company that fed into de Vellis’ warped view of Senator Clinton as “Big Brother.” Ultimately, the company — and Barak Obama — must accept responsibility for their role as “enablers” of de Vellis and encouraging and promoting such extreme anti-war positions.
A viewing of the 1984 video would suggest that de Vellis takes himself and his views very seriously. However, in a comic understatement, his reaction after being fired by Blue State Digital was that the incident “changed the trajectory of my career.”
And, in an apparent effort to rebuild the bridges that were quickly burning behind him, he offered his support to Hillary Clinton and vowed to vote for her if she won the nomination.
Perhaps playing seer for this controversy, Blue State Digital co-founder Clay Johnson recently said in a round-table discussion entitled Net Politics: the Internet Can Make You President— “The thing that scares the crap out of me are the camera phone and YouTube. They are going to be the death of a candidate. ”
Or at least a video producer.