When baseless accusations start flying back and forth in politics, it means two things:
1. It's only going to get worse.
2. We might as well forget about any discussion of substantial issues.
Take for example the charges that Democrats and Republicans are making against each other concerning threats that have been left on websites. All anyone from Jim Talent's side had to do was contact someone with the McCaskill campaign and I guarantee you the threat would have been removed (which was what happened, after it was milked for considerable publicity, of course).
Even worse, Fired Up Missouri then had to show that threats were coming Claire McCaskill's way, as well, from the New Republic website.
No one from either party can seriously believe that anyone officially connected with the Talent campaign wants to do physical harm to Claire McCaskill, or that anyone from her campaign wants to harm Talent. It's simply a cheap way to make political points.
The childishness continued today when Governor Matt Blunt had Fired Up Missouri's founder Roy Temple banned from attending the signing ceremony for the Voter ID law, claiming he was a threat to the governor. Temple might be a threat to the governor's re-election, but it's ludicrous to claim that he was a "physical threat" to the governor.
It is not up to Governor Blunt or his staff to decide who is a journalist and who is not. Apparently, not only are people who write for the Fired Up blog or leave comments not journalists but they have serious mental problems, according to Spence Jackson, the governor's spokesman. "You really have to be concerned about the governor's safety and the mental state of people who post things on that site," Jackson said.
Temple, of course, has already written his response to the governor's childish actions.
And while Temple was barred from the ceremony, according to his blog, the room was filled with registered lobbyists.