Buckeye State Blog welcomes back Nick D. ?Good. ?We need more voices in the blogosphere on the left in Ohio, and Nick D was always a solid contributor. ?Nick, your voice is welcomed back, rock on. ?Except for one thing, which Nick touches on.

Secondly, I’m sure everyone here remembers the manner of my departure.

In case you don’t remember, Nick’s “manner of departure” was allowing Lee Fisher’s campaign to edit a Youtube interview before he posted it, then pretending it wasn’t a big deal. ?Nick then left BSB after nearly blowing the blog to smithereens, returning to his old blog, where soon after the BSB blowup, Nick’s Lee Fisher campaign button went away.

Because of that, I will not write at all about the U.S. Senate primary between Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner and Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher. At all. Attention Fisher and Brunner campaigns: If you want a BSB story about this or that during your upcoming primary fight, talk to David, not myself, because I’m not writing about it.

Who’s idea was this, Potts’ or Nick’s? ?If it was Nick…um…not sure how to tell you this Nick, but that race you won’t write about is THE story until May.

The Fisher-Brunner primary is the first competitive Democratic US Senate primary since 1994. ?This seat has national implications, and is now even more important in the aftermath of Scott Brown’s victory in MA. ?It could result in Ohio’s first female senator in history. ?It was important enough for Nick to seek an exclusive interview with Lee in March, 2009, more than one year before the election. ?This race will be the first statewide race in Ohio history where blogs will have a significant effect on the outcome, and already have.

And one of BSB’s front pagers simply won’t write about it. ?Why? ?Give me one good reason why Nick D should unilaterally remove himself from engagement in this race. ?Because he’s embarrassed? ?Because he’s lost his credibility on the race? ?Who cares? ?I’ve been in the tank for Brunner since day one, so has Plunderbund, no one cares about our credibility.

It suggests that Nick still won’t take responsibility for the editing fiasco, still thinks it wasn’t a big deal, to the point that he will now remove himself from the biggest primary in this state since 1994. ?Nick, you know better.

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  • Wait. A blogger won't write about a race because he supports a candidate and might be seen as biased? LOL. What?

    Our credibility does matter. That's why hiding a bias is a bad idea. Hopefully Nick has learned this. Not writing about the race won't help. I can't see how this is good for him or blogging really.

    Come on Nick. Let's rumble baby! It'll be fun!

  • Brunner!

    Bomaye!

    Brunner!

    Bomaye!

  • it makes no sense. so if we ask Nick who he's voting for, he won't say? is he Lee Fisher's alter ego?

  • mvirenicus

    maybe if you weren't so mean to him he wouldn't be so tepid in his blogging. 🙂

  • i'm guessing you're being sarcastic…….i really want more bloggers to kick it in Ohio, but to do that, you have to be engaged.

  • Well first off, Nick DIDN'T edit the video. He told the campaign he didn't have the software to do so, even though we'd actually talked about video editing software well before the Fisher interview was considered and I know for a fact he could have edited it had he wished.

    Second, I never told Nick he couldn't write about the Senate race. But I'd be willing to bet money that he's doing this because he thinks that's what I'd prefer. We'll clear it up.

    That said, I'm thrilled to have him back. After all, it takes a Clevelander to understand that clusterfuck you guys call local politics.

  • mvirenicus

    it's rare when i'm not being sarcastic, but you were pretty damned vicious to the guy back in the day.

  • mvirenicus

    “it takes a Clevelander to understand that clusterfuck you guys call local politics.”

    Yay, David!

  • if you think that was me being vicious, i can't help you!

  • if you wanna re-litigate this david, fine. i note he allowed Lee's campaign to edit. they did, in fact, attempt to edit. nowhere in here do i say he pulled it off.

    i'm thrilled he's back, too, but he needs to engage in this Senate race. it would be a real loss for BSB if he didn't.

    as for the Cleveland clusterfuck….HEY, that clusterfuck will get me elected!!! i hereby request BSB's endorsement!

  • mvirenicus

    let's ask david about your viciousness. hehe

    i know. part of your charm is that poison pen!

  • I'm just clarifying that Nick let the Fisher campaign review the video, possibly for blanket approval. When they asked to edit it, he refused. I view that as a big difference, one is well intentioned (albeit, misguided) and the other is outright manipulation.

    I'll take the blame on this one, I don't think I ever discussed it with him when we talked about him coming back. There was some talk just after he left about maybe bringing him back after the primary, so I can easily see why he'd think he was banned from writing about the senate race.

    And, per BSB policy, we can either endorse you or all your opponents. Whichever would be the most useful.

  • So true. I often have the biggest WTF mentally over that stuff. Hell, even when I was up there for Tim's campaign meeting Monday I asked him “now what the hell are you running for again??”

  • It's good to have another voice there, for sure. Glad to see it.

  • lol…..i'll take the endorsement, my opponents may not even know what a blog is!!

    i just want to see nick come back in full. bloggers shouldn't hold back, we all make mistakes, and we should just take our lumps and move on.

  • mvirenicus

    you don't know the half of it, eric. word on the streets is that the downtown business community has a slush fund worth a couple million that was set up years ago to prevent a kucinich comeback in city politics and it's still there. it's a petty, provincial town suffocating on its own filth. good luck to tim with that.

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