Update on Shaun Kenney and the 54th
Quoting a person on FredTalk who assembled some of his favorite Shaun Kenney quotes rightfully invited criticism of context and flow of conversation bias. Hence, my second post I tried to clear any perceived spin and look at words straight from the source. I drew my questions and concerns straight from an original posting and compared it to what others were saying about him and what he is now saying as part of his campaign. Those original posts came from him and him only and were not influenced by the conversation that ensued. Here is a followup along those lines...
Who exactly is he appealing to in this campaign (I ask again!)? He wrote that SB 1338 is a slap to "people of faith"... what if I consider myself a person of faith and yet this doesn't offend me? How many other people with those views are out there? My original beef with his comment and my beef with many politicians (and a large reason why this blog was started) is painting all Christians as right-wingers willing to vote for anyone criticizing abortion, homosexual issues, etc. (An aside that is all to common in this blog: Who and what did Jesus exert all of his efforts and time with? Oh yeah, the poor, the disabled, the sick... Vote for Jesus!)
I want to investigate further but I cannot because the posts are gone. Shaun responded and said that it simply stopped being fun and questioned my skeptism of the timing. Why do the posts say "Deleted by Brian"? I have more questions than answers at the point and I simply want to balance out the truth. He also granted me an online interview, but let me state here that I cannot submit questions and post an accurate record of that interview without first looking at his posts. (and no Shaun, I've tried Google and Archive.org and the result is still the same... the forum is scripted and the posts are still deleted. Please open them up again like you said you would if there was a clamor for it.)
Remember, he posted an average of 11 times a day for over 2 years. Accordingly, people on that forum are familiar with him. From glancing at some threads he was a part of over the last 2 years and some comments people are making now, I have questions. Some of the stuff he apparently wrote and what people are writing about him now is pretty radical and lively debate seems to always follow. I merely want to see what he wrote and wonder why and how he drew such criticism from people.
If he posted only a handful of times over the past few years, big deal... I'd more than likely write it off. I might have one or two questions if I saw a difference between then and now, but the sheer bulk of posts he made and the controversy that seemed to ensue is worth investigating. Apparently he won some people over within the forums and he turned other people off. I want to see why and how this happened, and I want to compare it with what he is saying now.
Ask for him to open up his posts and hold him to what he has said in the past. I cannot say it enough... we can only primarily focus on the threads he initiated, because those posts came straight from his head and hard and were not influenced by "forum trolls" or the discussion thereafter.
Edit: Read the other posts on this topic:
Remember the 54th! Or something...
The 54th and a chopping block
Update on the 54th primary
Beating the old (54th) horse
Kenney and his promises - 5/5/05