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Wiregate Update: Ralston defends slimeball

In his Flasher Report on Monday, Jon Ralston, Nevada’s #2 liberal blogger-without-a-TV-show trashed longtime Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith, who wrote a column on Assemblyman Chris “Let’s Make a Deal” Edwards and “Wiregate”…

“Today in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, a columnist who knows little about politics wrote a column about politics. In it, he not so cleverly slimed Assemblyman Chris Edwards and left out a lot of facts, which is not unusual for him.”

First, how do you slime a slimeball?

And secondly, when it comes to writing about things you know nothing about, Ralston’s the expert.

And thirdly, as far as leaving out a lot of facts, that’s certainly not unusual for Ralston either.  Which is surely a reason why Smith still writes a column for the state’s largest newspaper and Ralston is just a liberal blogger without a TV show.

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Another Ralston tid-bit:  On Tuesday His Haughtiness wrote about those being investigated in Wiregate:

“All these folks need to do is keep talking and Metro won’t even need what they already have on tape.”

On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal quoted Assemblyman Chris “Let’s Make a Deal Edwards as saying, “The more these guys talk, the deeper the hole they’re in.”

I wonder which of the two is feeding their talking points to the other?  Or are they both getting their talking points from Li’l Nate Emens?

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So there’s a blogger named Andrew Davey writing at Let’s Talk Nevada.  And I gotta tell you, I’m impressed with the guy.  And not just because he’s not afraid to publish under his real name rather than anonymously like so many trolls in both sides of the aisle (yes, Mark “Sure Would,” that includes you).

Yes, Andrew writes from the left side of the aisle giving a liberal perspective to the goings-on.  But he’s covering this legislative session is a very comprehensive, day-by-day, hour-by-hour way that is not being duplicated by anyone from our side of the aisle.  Wish it were otherwise.

In any event, while Andrew and I certainly see the proper role of government and other issues differently, we both agree when it comes to our opinion that Chris Edwards is weasel.  Here’s what Andrew posted Wednesday morning…

“All I’ll add to the debate over Edwards’ character (or lack thereof) is what I documented during his 2012 Congressional campaign. He shamelessly tried to spark ethnic conflict in NV-01. He tried every trick in the book to pit Latin@ communities against Dina Titus (D-Paradise). And he ultimately misrepresented himself to NV-01 voters. In the end, he was walloped by Titus…”

Again, this Edwards inspired Wiregate mess has almost nothing to do with political philosophy, but character.  And no matter what side of the aisle you sit on, conservative or liberal, Edwards comes up seriously lacking in that department.

And Andrew nicely encapsulates what this whole brouhaha is all about…

“The big question here is when ‘politics as usual’ becomes criminal. Oh, and why have we developed such a high tolerance for ‘politics as usual’?  Nevada has become notorious for the prevalence of dirty money throughout state politics. Yet every time another campaign finance scandal arises, tongues wag about ‘the optics’ while finger point at each other. And in the end, very little changes. Wake me up when the Nevada Legislature actually decides to address the root cause of this latest scandal.”

What he said.