I quit HoT a few days ago, but like a battered wife, I am back and posting this. SVD is this blog’s owner and he can say what he wishes. I was offended and it was not about thin skin.
I did not like SVD using a broad brush to imply that I am a retard. My issue with his statement had little to do with argument and much to do with effort. I was concerned that our infighting would hurt us. I worried that I spend too much time here arguing the same issues over and over and over again. I was done because I thought that the arguments here would make people flip out and then vote the same as usual.
But, I got an email today.
My name is Hermelinda Vargas. I am a reporter with News 8 Austin working on a story about Libertarians today. Please give me a call on my cell phone if you’d like to be included in our story.
I know you’ve in in contact wih my News Director, Kevin Benz, about our policy for our in-studio debates, so this might be a good chance to discuss some of those concerns.
If you do not know this news director, here is a chance to know a small piece of him:
I contacted the reporter who was surprised that I am 3 hours away, but I offered to find her someone for the news article. I called SG and then I called Nancy Neale. Nancy’s response was:
Sent: Monday, October 16, 2006 4:57 PM
To: ‘michelle shinghal’
Subject: News 8 Austin reporter
Michelle, can you call me again about this reporter? (A number for you did not show up on my caller ID) I spoke with her and she’s trying to get a story in tonight. She seems to be responding to specific blogs, of which I am not familiar. I’ve left a couple messages on her phone and she’s not called me back yet.
I was never in a fight with SVD. He and I have opposing opinions. I think it better to save our family dirt for private debate. But, at election time, I will carry my tail between my legs. It is my opinion that SVD’s blog made this approach possible.
SVD, you placed me and a number of people in the margin, but your forum brought our cause attention. I may lose every ounce of crediblility that I have, but I can deal with that. It is more important to let people know that we are not dead.