Who is Ellie Light?
She appears everywhere, and writes, anywhere! In plenty of papers! Penning powerful paeans in praise of the President!
42 papers in eighteen states with dozens of different hometowns listed at last count“!
Naturally, a lot of people want to know, and some have spent a great deal of time looking into the matter.
It took some doing, but I finally found her.
Ellie Light.jpg
Glad she’s a real female. (As opposed to femalesque.) I never liked the expression “light in the loafers.”
MORE: Via Glenn Reynolds, I see that the Ellie Light count has gone up, and is still rising:

With the help of my commenters, I have been keeping a running total at my blog of the places where Light’s letter has appeared. At last count, her letter has appeared in at least 47 newspapers in at least 23 different states.
So far, that is. That number is growing all the time. It even appeared in a newspaper in Bangkok, Thailand!
As you can see at my blog, the states where her letters appear correspond quite well with the states that Obama won.

Patterico also asks whether this might be related to Cass Sunstein’s cognitive infiltration plan, and quotes this:

In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-“independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government. This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists. The paper’s abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.

Here’s what “Ellie Light” said:

Today, the president is being attacked as if he’d promised that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never did. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything.

I’d hate to think that saying the president didn’t live up to his campaign promises is considered a “conspiracy theory” which needs to be countered by government astroturfers in the name of “cognitive infiltration.”
Almost sounds like Nixon’s COINTELPRO program. (“The FBI and police used a myriad of other “dirty tricks” to undermine progressive movements. They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls. They spread misinformation about meetings and events, set up pseudo movement groups run by government agents, and manipulated or strong-armed parents, employers, landlords, school officials and others to cause trouble for activists.”)
In this case, maybe COINTELPRO LIGHT….
MORE: Membership in Who Is Ellie Light? Facebook group has more than doubled since I saw it earlier.
Hey, inquiring minds want to know!
MORE: My thanks to Glenn Reynolds for the link! Also, my thanks to Charlie Foxtrot, who has another “Light breaking” picture.
A warm welcome to all. As usual, all commments welcome, agree or disagree.
Including comments from the hard-working bloggers now employed as propagandists and sock puppets at the Justice Department!
(Via a comment to the Hillbuzz post which Glenn linked earlier.)
The First Amendment applies to everyone — whether bloggers, government sock puppets, or big corporations.
MORE: Veeshir comments below that via hot air they found Ellie Light’s husband.
And there’s even a “Who is Mark Spivey?” Facebook page!
UPDATE: Anonymous commenter “Hidden Meadow” claims to know Ellie Light, but cannot reveal who he is:

This excitement is really overblown. These letters were written by a fifty-something man who got carried away and started writing to every newspaper in America under several names.
The truth is so ordinary that it’s dull.
I know “Ellie Light”, but don’t have permission to reveal who he is.

Hey, I can handle the truth, even if it’s dull.
Moreover, as a fity-something man who frequently gets carried away himself, I might find it more interesting than you think!
Tell you what “Hidden Meadow.” You tell me who he is, and I absolutely promise that I won’t be bored.
MORE (11/26/10): If the latest post from Patterico is any indication, Ellie Light is “Winston Steward, 51, of Frazier Park, Calif.”

I have no idea whether Segal knows Winston Steward. I don’t know everyone who follows me on Twitter. This could all be a total dead end. In fact, at this very moment, I’m inclined to say it is, and that Winston Steward is just a kook.
At this point we know only one thing: Winston Steward is a huge liar. Why is he lying? Because he fears threats from the right wing? (Which, as should be obvious, nobody should level.) Because he is hiding a connection to a P.R. firm? Because he has a screw loose? (Or several?) I have no idea.
But there’s no harm in throwing this all out there for you to peruse. That’s the idea of the open source method.

If that pans out, it means that commenter Hidden Meadow may have been correct in yesterday’s comment.
Why not?