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  •  Not sure if a Weinstein suit could go anywhere (13+ / 0-)

    Unless he's saying Bachmann libeled and slandered him as a person--and even then, he'd have a pretty high bar to clear since he's a public figure.

    As much as I want to see the Mad Minnesotan cut down to size, I'm not sure if this is the way to do it.

    The NRA's response to calls for responsible gun law reform: noun, verb, Second Amendment

    by Christian Dem in NC on Wed May 08, 2013 at 06:52:54 PM PDT

    •  But this does serve to spotlight the issue (7+ / 0-)

      Which I suspect is actually the mission. If a suit was seriously contemplated, with serious intentions of winning, it would not be announced in a magazine article announcing such a suit "may" occur.

      “Texas is a so-called red state, but you’ve got 10 million Democrats here in Texas. And …, there are a whole lot of people here in Texas who need us, and who need us to fight for them.” President Obama

      by Catte Nappe on Wed May 08, 2013 at 06:58:05 PM PDT

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    •  This Is Mostly About Things Other than Title nt (1+ / 0-)
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      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:11:47 PM PDT

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    •  Looks like they're circling each other looking for (3+ / 0-)

      a way to land a punch that looks justified to their base and gets a rise out of supporters.

      This 'story' is in 'Washington Whispers' so it's basically verbal jousting and posturing at this point. All Weinstein has said is, "We are caucusing with our legal counsel to consider the most expeditious course of action we can take in a federal court to stop these bald-faced lies..."  So it isn't really more than sketched out on paper at best.

      Those who deem themselves 'spiritual' leaders shouldn't have to be turning to lawsuits, although that doesn't mean they are never warranted or that leaders won't have to deal with them.  The starting point for such considerations was defined by Jesus.  Christians should recall the Sermon on the Mount directives of Jesus to settle matters fairly and generously out of court, before going before a judge. If Michelle Bachmann is a 'real' Christian leader then she'd be working to find a reasonable accommodation even now. And, honestly, perhaps so ought Michael Weinstein. I do realize beating back the tide of fundamentalism in the military requires careful confrontation with legal teeth, because they won't relinquish any 'ground' they feel they've taken 'for the LORD' willingly.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Wed May 08, 2013 at 07:12:46 PM PDT

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    •  not sure on this (1+ / 0-)
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      The "high bar" public figures have to meet is that they can't sue for invasion of privacy, and truth is a defense. But outright lies aren't protected, even in fund-raising letters.

      That said, my sense is that courts do not especially favor libel suits based on overtly political / fundraising sliming. Maybe that's too bad, although using the courts is a slow and unwieldy tool.

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