Former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson, never at a loss for words, unloaded this week on those anonymous bomb throwers of the “electronic fog machine” who’ve targeted the reputation of Andrew Stern, the former Service Employees International Union president who serves with Simpson on the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. “I think that any person who uses an anonymous blog — I’ll say it quite clearly — is a jerk, or a bonehead, or a boob.” Simpson went on: “If you have something to say, say it! And tell who you are. Don’t whimper and hide out. Democracy is not a spectator sport, but it’s not a license to demean and denigrate and belittle those of us who are in the fray, while the creep who sneaks into the national debate by the subterfuge of anonymous and often bilious babble commands the allegiance of only the cynical, the disgusted and the alienated in society.”
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