page (n): last leaf of a dead tree;
whopper (n): something a person in trouble might tell
"This is one case where we Republicans don't mind a defection." - Victoria Harrington, GOP spokeswoman
A news writer's fantasy: The politically controversial editor and publisher of your city's newspaper of legal record turns out to have a secret and hugely scandalous past, one that involves some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party at the time. What could be a better story? And that news was broken right here, on a blog just one month old.
And now the next wave of activity has begun. Let's jump in and check out the latest action ..
Harriet Susan Henderson has now published in her Mountain Views "Observer" some rather bizarre denials about a news item reported on this site regarding her role in a Democratic Party political scandal a while back. A scandal that, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, involved party swapping, false claims regarding educational and legal credentials, and the misuse of a party credit card for the purchase of such things as lingerie and golf junkets. Things that ended up in her hastily leaving a highly prestigious party gig. All of which is backed up and can be read elsewhere on this site. And here, too.
Look at it this way. If what was reported is as false as she claims it is, shouldn't Harriet just produce the degrees and prove everyone wrong? The Masters Degree in Business, the Berkeley law degree, the State Bar credentials. Prove the naysayers wrong! Rescue your reputation! Cough up the goods! But, of course, that will never happen. Because if these claims are false, wouldn't Ms. Henderson still be the high ranking Democratic official state she was the first time this matter came up? Rather than grubbing out a weekly news rag in a small and out of the way SGV city? Of course she would. The credentials in question have never been produced because they just don't exist. If they did they'd have shown up long ago.
But I suspect even Ms. Henderson knows that her denials here are laughably weak. Because if they were creditable would she then have felt the need to follow this up with what is an ugly and unfounded lie?
In a nutshell here it is:
"By the way, the mystery that they keep trying to exploit is the fact that I am 56 years old and my oldest child will be 42 on his birthday. At my own request, long before knowing any of these people. They were sealed not because of any wrongdoing, but because of the bigotry and narrow mindedness at the time."
First reaction: Who could possibly care? As far as I am concerned, God bless anyone who has kids. It is the hardest thing anyone will ever do, and anybody taking that daunting plunge deserves all the credit in the world.
Second reaction: Absurd red herring. Nowhere was such a thing printed on this site, and up until having read Ms. Henderson's unfortunate and frankly embarrassing column, I knew nothing about this aspect of her life. I invite anyone to scour this website and find any reference to such information. Nothing has been taken down, all of my posts are still here and as originally written. This is little more than an ugly lie told, I suspect, in hopes of distracting attention from a cracking good news story she'd prefer nobody read.
Bluff called. More to follow in the weeks ahead.