And I don’t mean the B-52s.
Blech. I don’t even want to link to it. And I don’t even want to be writing this post. I hate these kinds of posts, because I hate that in this world – that in the Ohio political blogosphere – there even exist people who will post such things. Thank goodness I don’t think I’ve even written more than a small handful of posts, if that many, like this one you’re reading now.
Other approaches to calling out that link include knowing that the existence of such posts simply reaffirms “that the Republicans are so inept in this state that they having nothing left but to resort to these kind of tactics instead of contributing to the public discourse to deal with the real issues facing our state.” I stole that from someone’s response to me about my outrage because he says it perfectly. And I know he’s right.
Another approach is to say that since there exists, on the left of center end of the political spectrum, individuals who do similarly mean-spirited posts with elected officials’ children in the picture, that it’s hypocritical to say that there is something wrong with this post. To which I respond, I’m sure there are myriad examples of exactly that. It’s one of the reasons I almost never read big box blogs or other popular but inflammatory blogs – they are counter-productive and provocative in the worst sort of way: by being mean and personal rather than about issues and change. But two wrongs have never made a right and I don’t see how not saying something does anyone any good.
Finally, I possess plenty of information that I’ve hated holding in secret, hated more and more so every time I see stuff like this. But that post on Right Angle Blog will not make me change my opinion about what is appropriate and what is not appropriate. There are certain absolutes.
I’m not turning WLST into a collection site for all the out of bounds posts by people on both sides – there must be someone doing that already, don’t you think? And so I don’t mean to be selective here. However, this incident has occurred in the Ohio political blogosphere, an organism in which, normally, I proudly tell folks I’m involved. Every post we make says something not only about ourselves, but about the company we keep.
Matt and I have had plenty of tete-a-tetes. At a minimum, Matt should give us the full rationale for how it is that it is okay for a blogger with his prominence to gain access to Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner’s son’s Facebook account, long enough and with enough acumen to copy and paste and post everything that he has on Right Angle Blog. If Matt is so sure that what he’s done is acceptable, then there is no reason why he wouldn’t supply his reasoning.
Here’s what I wrote to Matt earlier this morning. The subject line was: As a parent and a blogger, I’m disgusted.
This post on RAB goes beyond decency:
Brunner’s son is not an elected official. When’s the last time you saw anything on an Ohio poltiical blog about the Bush twins or the private citizen-children of any elected official? Just last week, Daniel Williamson suggested to me that it might not even be okay to ask about where state legislators’ kids attend school, because I wanted to know if they use vouchers and charters. How on earth you can justify this post about her son is unfathomable to me.
I’m not Jennifer Brunner, so you don’t owe me an apology. But you smear the Ohio political blogging community when you post items such as the one I’ve noted above. And you strike, purposefully, at the heart of a mother. How would it make your mother feel if it were you?
Don’t tell me about thick skin – this has nothing to do with that. Just as the ORP’s website publishing Jerid Kurtz’s mom’s contact info had nothing to do with thick skin but rather with reckless disregard and immaturity and impulse.
At a minimum, please provide an explanation for how it is that you believe the threshold to which you’ve now lowered yourself is acceptable to you on all levels. I’ve never seen an Ohio political blog post anything remotely similar and I promise you, I myself possess disgusting information about GOP elected officials which I’ve chosen to never publish. So I know we do not need to reveal everything we learn – because we are human and have some standards. Are you neither human or a person with standards?
Thank you for your time as always, but you need to explain yourself this time.
Jill Miller Zimon
Writes Like She Talks
Last thing: Last night, I attended the first-ever gathering of the Pepper Pike Democratic Club. There is no Pepper Pike Republican Club – I’m told that, as any kind of group, the individuals are apathetic and believe that they already are enough of a critical mass to keep PP red.
Guess what, folks? The Democrats see Bob Spada’s term-limited seat and Josh Mandel’s eventual ascendency in politics as prime meat for more Democrats and the Pepper Pike Dems who attended an SRO meeting yesterday can taste it.
The more Matt and others do stuff like this, the less and less the decent folks of Pepper Pike – who, believe me, want to see themselves as and want to be known for being decent – are going to continue to back away and then run away from the Republican party. Bob Bennett’s obstinancy and Matt’s failure to be appropriate are dissonant with the average Republican’s sensibilities. Thank goodness, or thank God. Whichever, whomever you like.
And let’s just apply this statewide, why don’t we? Because Matt and Bob, your party is out of bounds and pretty soon, if you don’t start acting like adults who care about issues and real change, your party is going to be out of office in a lot more places than it is now.