OK, I admit it. I didn't go to Schaffer v Udall last night before I dashed off the first version of this post. I'm not boycotting the blog, I just haven't had the time.
I am going to try to fix the legal ethics system so that it protects the public. I've promised people that I will begin in mid-July, but I really started the day my lawsuit ended. I have a newly retired wife with a lot of ideas about how I should spend my time and the usual family distractions. They don't include blogging.
Now that I see what Ben has written, I wish I hadn't written what I wrote without checking with him first. I think that I was the originator of Udall as a Liar. He clearly thinks that he was. It would be easy to find out, but I don't want to invest the time it would take to see when it was first used. It isn't that important to me.
I can't be sure who David might have suggested as a debate moderator in Ben's place, and Ben is surprisingly cryptic:
I was quite flattered by the singular reputation I seemed to have acquired from the Mark Udall campaign, but deferentially refused to make public hay out of the matter. Behind-the-scenes negotiations were still under way. The Mark Udall team refused to back down. David mentioned the possibility of a certain anonymous conservative blogger stepping up to fill my place, but that wasn't acceptable. Both sides held firm, and the online debate never materialized.
There aren't that many anonymous conservative bloggers around any more. For a short while longer, that description fits me, though a number of folks question whether I am conservative enough and others whether I am anonymous enough.
The Udall campaign would have been foolish to trade me for Ben. Ben is a gentleman, a sophisticate, sweet in nature, and slow to give offense.
I am an old farm boy who grew up in a house with a two hole toilet out back. I went to a one room country school with two two hole toilets, one for the boys, and one for the girls. When you have wiped your behind with the pages from a three inch thick Sears catalog, as I have, you develop certain attitudes about life. No one would be quick to call me a sophisticate, or sweet in nature. Isn't that right, Ben?