One of the themes that has emerged is the willingness of Democrats (The Big Blue Lie Machine) in general and Mark Udall in particular to lie to the public. We've even caught Udall telling other members of Congress that his bill allowing forest thinning near ski resorts does something it is not intended to do.
At first, we were polite about what was going on, calling it "cornfusion" because the first few examples were about corn ethanol. When it became obvious that Udall seldom felt an obligation to be truthful to the public about any subject, we created the tag "Udall as a Liar." We became a bit less polite and more direct.
Yesterday, we caught what might be a Udall staffer, janus303, doing a "Digg" on each of Mark Udall's web pages. We considered what was happening to be another Udall deception and said so.
The response we got was a "Digg" on our essay and:
Bob Schaffer's Bloggers Admit They Don't Understand Digg
We're not going to claim that we understand the Digg process," they say, using the royal "we." No kidding. But that doesn't stop them from baselessly accusing Mark Udall of engaging in "just another form of deception, of lying." Ignorance is bliss, I suppose. Question: In the infinite wisdom of Bob Schaffer's illuminati, is the NRSC also guilty?
There are multiple things to respond to here and lessons to point out:
1) This is an almost childish response similiar to what you might hear from third graders - "but...but...but... that kid way over across the playground told a lie today, so I should be able to lie, too!"
2) Last we heard, Mark Udall is running against Bob Schaffer, not the NRSC, and while Schaffer might have his own character flaws (doesn't everyone), routine lying is not one of them.
3) "We" is also a form favored in modern editorial writing, and much of what we do is editorial in nature - but you knew that and were once again trying to mislead the public.
4) It cost much less to admit that we don't understand the Digg process than to pretend that we did and be embarrassed in the future - that is a lesson Mark Udall and his staff might take from this exchange about the value of truthfulness and the cost of untruthfulness.
Once you get believeably tagged as a liar, it is hard to shake that tag.
Oh, and janus303 was still "Digging" new Udall pages today.