It's interesting that the thread titled "Al Franken is Wound WAYYYY Too Tight" was deleted -- presumably by the original poster since I didn't see any personal attacks in the thread itself. The thread began with citation of a report on Al Franken's unprecedented attack on McCain in denying Lieberman additional speaking time following a request for unanimous consent. McCain, as he often does, voiced moral outrage at such an unprecedented effort by Franken, and by extension Democrats as a whole, in stifling honest debate. McCain stated that in his entire career he had never seen a situation in which such a request was denied. The Daily Kos, as was noted in response, promptly reported that a similar denial had happened that morning. It then went on to note that McCain himself had objected to a similar request by a Democrat during a debate on October 10, 2002. Eric Johnson replied asking whether we were supposed to believe this based on a report from The Daily Kos.
Of course, no similar questions were raised with respect to a report spread widely through the web, that Obama had threatened to shut down Orfut in Nebraska if Nelson did not change his vote. That charge, based solely on something possibly said by one unnamed congressional aid and cited by a conservative blogger with no evidence at all, actually has resulted in calls for congressional hearings. In this case. however, The Daily Kos, actually cited a specific, verifiable source, The Congressional Record. A few seconds with Google finds the incident in question in the Congressional Record Weekly Update for October 7-11, 2002, which states:
The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator's time has expired. Mr. DAYTON. I ask for unanimous consent that I have 30 seconds more to finish my remarks.
Mr. McCAIN. I object.
The PRESIDING OFFICER. Objection is heard.
Mr. BYRD. I yield the Senator 2 minutes or whatever he needs.
Are we beginning a new pattern where, when a Republican lie is conclusively shown to be a lie that the evidence is deleted?