I’m having one hell of a rotten month, so this game we’ve been playing with the Brunner campaign is supremely ill-timed.? But I’m gonna take something positive from it.? WARNING – inside blog drama below.

It was almost exactly four years ago that I and other bloggers reported – that’s right, reported – on another US Senate candidate’s public words, after which said US Senate candidate sent a brigade of anonymous commenting goons out to destroy the messengers, plural.? On that occasion, the reporting wasn’t even about a policy position.? It was about total idiocy.? There was no engagement from the candidate, just an all hands on deck, vicious scorched earth campaign of madness.? It’s well remembered, I don’t need to link to it here.

Four years later, Jennifer Brunner’s words have led to a legitimate policy question about her position on a fundamental issue of US foreign policy, on which as Senator she will be required to vote, repeatedly.? That inconsistency is indisputable.? And what was Jennifer Brunner’s response?

Jennifer Brunner immediately contacted all of us here at Plunderbund to engage on the topic.? Not a few days later, within hours.? Not at our suggestion, at her own.

Start taking notes, people.

Setting up this discussion has not gone smoothly, at all.? In fact, the whole thing is really starting to become tiresome.? However, we as bloggers here at Plunderbund have something of a duty to make this discussion happen.? We are the ones objecting to the inconsistency, pointing it out, and looking for answers.? But it is a rare candidate indeed who runs toward the inconsistency, not away from it.? If we can get those answers, us bloggers should do all we can to get them.

What the US Senate candidate 4 years ago did not understand is that in this new world of authenticity driven politics, enforced by the internet, there is far more upside to dealing transparently with such matters than there is in ignoring them.? And there’s precisely zero upside, for all involved, in reacting defensively, becoming aggressive, and killing the messenger.

As of this post, the only response we’ve had from the Brunner campaign has been sincere (albeit clumsy) attempts to engage us on the topic.? That is an unmitigated piece of good news, indeed.? And it has not gone unappreciated.? Whatever the result of the policy discussion or the scheduling nonsense, as of right now, I’m more than impressed with Jennifer’s response.? Let’s hope we can get this done.

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  • Bemused

    Let me get this straight. Because YOU, Tim Russo, cannot understand that Jennifer Brunner's position might change, in a totally predictable and rational manner, between February and December, given totally altered circumstances, she therefore owes you a personal explanation?

    And you, as an opinion blogger who started a site whose name means “state theft,” feel some solemn “duty” to pursue the matter like you're actually a real journalist?

    Um, no.

    Brunner's staff person explained the matter fully. The different statements at different times were in response to different troop deployments of different sizes. Her opinions on these differ because she has an ounce of intelligence.

    Brunner doesn't owe you the time of day. Lay off and her get on with her campaign, speaking to average voters who also have an ounce of wits their heads.

  • Hi Bemused (Geoffrey Sea),

    You'll note that Tim was not the only one critical of this flip flop. I think your buddy Modern finely responded to the staffer “explanation”.

    You're obviously fact challenged because Blogger Interrupted doesn't stand for “state theft”.

    Don't come here half stepping. It won't pay off in the end.

  • Bemused

    Let me get this straight. Because YOU, Tim Russo, cannot understand that Jennifer Brunner's position might change, in a totally predictable and rational manner, between February and December, given totally altered circumstances, she therefore owes you a personal explanation?

    And you, as an opinion blogger who started a site whose name means “state theft,” feel some solemn “duty” to pursue the matter like you're actually a real journalist?

    Um, no.

    Brunner's staff person explained the matter fully. The different statements at different times were in response to different troop deployments of different sizes. Her opinions on these differ because she has an ounce of intelligence.

    Brunner doesn't owe you the time of day. Lay off and her get on with her campaign, speaking to average voters who also have an ounce of wits their heads.

  • Hi Bemused (Geoffrey Sea),

    You'll note that Tim was not the only one critical of this flip flop. I think your buddy Modern finely responded to the staffer “explanation”.

    You're obviously fact challenged because Blogger Interrupted doesn't stand for “state theft”.

    Don't come here half stepping. It won't pay off in the end.

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