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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Brian Miller's Mendacity

Brian, my "we" just presumes that I'm not the only one reading your excretions here.  Given their nature, I'll concede that's a dangerous assumption.

I have no dog in this fight.  I've written that trying to "discipline" Angela for her little live-blogging indiscretion is just as self-defeating as the indiscretion itself was.  Then you came along and made the positive assertion that the in-camera statement about Angela -- that she was the reason why the Barr campaign wouldn't share data with LNC -- was "baseless".  I'm just curious what grounds you might have for making that assertion.  If you have none, then just say so, and spare us the song and dance about how "baseless" is now apparently supposed to be a synonym for "presumptively false in any proceedings where innocence is assumed and guilt must be proven".  That dog won't hunt.

Of course, the in-camera statement about Angela wasn't a formal "charge"-- Angela's account tells us it was simply an explanation about a non-contract in an executive session discussing why the contract hadn't happened.  The formal "charge" is that she leaked the explanation, not the explanation itself.  Do try to keep them straight.

It's typically mendacious of you to suggest that I have inferior standards for the rights of the accused.  I'm the guy who made sure that language about "the rights of due process, a speedy trial, legal counsel, trial by jury, and the legal presumption of innocence until proven guilty" came back into our 2008 platform and were generalized beyond their backwater category of the 2004 Internal Security plank.  I'm the guy whose model platform goes well beyond any past LP platform and says "Those accused of aggression have the right to 1) be presumed innocent, 2) be free from arbitrary searches and incarceration, 3) know and understand the charges against them, 4) have assistance of counsel, 5) examine incriminating evidence and confront incriminating witnesses, 6) subpoena exculpatory witnesses, 7) abstain from self-incrimination, 8) be present at a fair speedy public trial by an impartial jury in an impartial court, 9) be free from ex post facto charges and double jeopardy, and 10) be free from cruel and unusual punishment."

But of course, the above are merely facts.  Don't let such inconvenient things get in the way of your hilarious little attempts at character-assassination-via-rebounding-bullets.