You’re just going to have to excuse this tedious post.
The other day, I put up two different posts at Peach Pundit. In one, I openly questioned whether Johnny Iaskson had gotten a sweet committee spot in exchange for his vote in favor of cloture on immigration. I asked “Was Johnny Bribed?” I was mistaken and, as soon as I realized it, updated the post to make it clear, writing, “It looks like Johnny was not only not bribed, but may vote against the bill.”
Additionally, I put up a post the other day entitled simply, “Senator Hill.” As I indicated in the comments, the reason I put up the post was that I had a conversation with some friends who have become downright hostile toward Senator Hill. This was followed by an unrelated tip line post hurling wild invective in Senator Hill’s direction. Lastly, another friend of mine, a lobbyist, sent me an email going on a tirade against Senator Hill. These three things were not related, but having all happened on the same day, I figured it was worth an open thread wondering what was up to be getting all the hate toward Senator Judson Hill.
Unfortunately, Bill Simon used the opportunity to pee on Peach Pundit over his outrage that I’d dare accuse Johnny Isakson of being bribed. First, he openly speculated about whether I would or would not publish information related to Senator Cecil Staton having an affair. To be sure, Bill was not accusing Senator Staton of that, just wondering if I would put up something like that. Well, several people took Bill seriously and assumed Bill and I were discussing something of this sort. Then, Bill, digging in further at my “Was Johnny Bribed” post, has littered several threads speaking as fact that my original “Senator Hill” post was originally entitled in a way to accuse Senator Hill of bribery — something that has not been suggested by anyone, unless Bill is suggesting it.
This is all to say, I understand the point Bill is making about my “Was Johnny Bribed” post. Unfortunately, a lot of people have taken as truth Bill’s assertion that Judson Hill was found guilty of bribery (he was not and no one has made that allegation) and other things.
Hopefully we can put this matter to bed now and those of you under some mistaken impressions are now clear.
[UPDATE:] Bill actually now asserts that I did change the title about Senator Judson Hill being investigated for bribery. In fact, I absolutely did not do that. Now, this gets into technical wizardry, but here’s the deal: when we post something here at Peach Pundit, and I assume every other WordPress v.2.0 blog works the same way, the link generated to the original post will stay the same regardless of how you change the title. So, for example, in this post, were I to go back and change the title to 3 Senators and Bill’s Crazy Allegation, the link to the post would remain http://www.peachpundit.com/2007/06/20/johnny-judson-cecil-bill-and-me/ even though the title was now changed to something else.
As you can see from this: http://www.peachpundit.com/2007/06/16/senator-hill/ the original title was and remains “Senator Hill.”
Bill, apparently, is off his meds.