There has been a stunning turn of events in the Yu-Chang 宇昌 controversy today. Apparently some of the documents that COPD Chair Christina Liu 劉憶如 released were not written on the date that she claimed. The DPP is demanding an apology and suing her; Soong is chiming in that scandals 30 days before the election don’t seem right, and Ma is maintaining silence under the excuse that the case is ongoing. In short, the KMT attack is completely collapsing, and now the KMT is scrambling to limit the damage that it has inflicted upon itself.
I haven’t figured out yet whether the date actually makes much difference in assessing Tsai’s behavior, but that might not matter so much. In a very complicated case like this one, any suspicion that one side is playing fast and loose with the facts is deadly. If the KMT needs to make things up, the easy conclusion is that Tsai must be innocent. If you are going to go negative, you simply cannot make mistakes like this.
What’s more, this fiasco might serve to inoculate Tsai and Soong against any future attacks the KMT is planning. Their inevitable cries of “dirty tricks!” will now be credible.