Yes.Candace was young and too dumb to understand what game they were playing until it was war. And whatever her intellect, she's not the soy beta gamers they target. She hit back. Hard. Cernovich and the right saw an easy convert and offered a few encouraging words and she was turned.
I should have separated the attack from the Quinn gang and the media's lack of embracing Owens as a 'victim.'
She refused to back down from people warning her about Quinn. Which was good.
But where she really acted dumb, IMO, was repeatedly ignoring warnings that no one from the media was going to cover let alone embrace her - no matter what her favorable position was on the Progressive Stack relative to Quinn.
I do disagree that she hit back hard. I don't think she has accomplished much beyond whatever she is making in payment for her appearances.