Sen. Robert Menendez

Conservatives desperately want to believe that Sen. Menendez ripped off two Dominican prostitutes, regardless of the truth.

It was so funny to see conservatives like Dinah Lord eagerly transmit the Daily Caller‘s smear of Robert Menendez to all and sundry:

So it looks like Senator Robert Menendez D-NJ, sponsor of the Lily Ledbetter Act doesn’t really believe in equal pay for women. Well, not if you are a hooker in the Dominican Republic that is.

And it was equally funny to see The Daily Beast jump on the bandwagon, too:

The smoke of scandal about Senator Bob Menendez keeps revealing flashes of fire.

Why is it so funny to see these people actively slime Senator Menendez? Because of this:

An escort who appeared on a video claiming that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex has told Dominican authorities that she was instead paid to make up the claims and has never met or seen the senator, according to court documents and two people briefed on her claim.

The woman said a local lawyer had approached her and a fellow escort and asked them to help frame Menendez and a top donor, Salomon Melgen, according to affidavits obtained by The Washington Post.

That lawyer has in turn identified a second Dominican lawyer who he said gave the woman a script and paid her to read the claims aloud. The first lawyer said he found out only later that the remarks would be videotaped and used against Menendez, the affidavits say.

And now all the entities that were so loudly pushing this ridiculous and improbable smear are oddly silent — and yes, that includes The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson: “Daily Caller Editor Tucker Carlson did not reply to phone calls and e-mails requesting comment.”

While we wait for the smear stenographers to find their voices and apologize, let’s try to guess who fed The Failing Holler the smear in the first place. Early favorites so far are James “fuzzy handcuffs” O’Keefe and Roger Stone, though the Washington Post story exploding the smear presents the possibility that the smear was orchestrated by “dark sectors” in the Dominican Republic.

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