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All those diaries and comments, right here on dKos, in which people claiming superior insight and tech-savvy gave us their explanations as to why the Weinergram was an obvious forgery. The non-geeks among us were heartened that there was "authoritative" investigation showing that Weiner was a victim, although the exonerating "evidence" was beyond our daily, utilitarian level of knowledge.

I have no patience with the right, when they do backflips to defend the bad behavior of their own. I don't need to list their recent infamies, or the defenses offered. But I have less patience when this comes from the left - we're supposed to be better than that, and I don't like being embarassed. It's Not OK If You're A Democrat.

The defenders of Weiner were not, to my mind's ear, mindlessly making up any excuses to see what would fly. They offered seemingly plausible analyses of the pictures. But now Rep. Weiner has turned all that to bullshit.

So, how about it? When will we see some diaries on "How we got chumped by the Weinergram, and arrived at our assurance of its falsehood, which now make us look like shitheads"? Can we get  an insight into how we were fooled (or fooled ourselves), so that we might avoid extra embarrassment the next time this happens? Can some kossacks now explain how the "EXIF data" and "degraded pixillation", and all those things that seemed like "evidence", were misinterpreted?

I am asking this, not to add extra embarrassment for those diarists and commenters, but because we need to avoid punking ourselves again. Because in this case, that's what happened. The right didn't do this. Breitbart didn't do this - even though this enhances Breitbart's reputation. Anthony Weiner did this to himself and us, and while I'm sure Rep. Weiner is doing some self-examination now, I think we should, too.

Update: At a the suggestions of Wendy Slammo and TFinSF, I edited my title. H/T to both.

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