The water is not poison.
And both sides are always equally wrong.
When the livelihoods of people who work in a company town come to depend on the maintenance of a terrible lie, the boldest frauds become your biggest saints
and even the littlest truths become potential enemy incursions against which you must remain constantly on guard.
Which is why, even though artifacts like the Mann & Ornstein critique remain virtually unknown or unacknowledged or simply denied by the wider world, we on the Left pass them around like Zappa bootlegs. We are the ones who refuse to forget what was actually said and done during the Age of Clinton. Who refused to forget Valerie Plame. Who refuse to forget a report named Jeff Gannon, who was not a reporter and was not named Jeff Gannon. Who refuse to forget Lee Atwater. Who refuse to forget how we were mocked and derided for suggesting that criminal wars and reckless tax cuts would lead to crippling deficits. We refuse to forget these historical facts and hundreds of other because, even though it isn't much, like the Irish monks who painstakingly copied and maintained the documentary record of Western Civilization during its dark age, we will not let the truth gutter out and die without a fight.
Because as the weight of reality bears down harder and harder -- as that economically indispensable lie becomes more load-bearing and -- eventually either the lie collapses, or this guy
becomes your God.