Such is the "don't do it" argument against outing the blogger "Audrey" at the Palin's Deception blog.
On the other hand, she's Patient Zero of the Trig Truther pandemic, she's been repeatedly linked by Andrew Sullivan, and her most recent post had 94 comments.
I'm weighing these considerations. I'm also weighing the utter stupidity of the aforesaid "Audrey," who has practically outed herself, leaving an online bread-crumb trail like Hansel and Gretel. And the relentless cruelty of the Truthers . . .
If I don't do it, somebody else is likely to add 2+2 and get the traffic. And I'm all about the traffic.
Understand, people, that I've got the entire post already written, and must now merely decide whether to hit the "publish" button. And this is the thing that gets me about "Audrey."
She has children of her own, and yet apparently never hesitated to hit "publish" on some of the most vile insinuations about Sarah Palin's family anyone could ever imagine. I think of my own wife and children, and hesitate to publish the simple facts. Audrey published lie after lie after lie -- and evidently never thought twice about it.
UPDATE 12:13 a.m., 8/25: Y'know, Sully's on vacation. Think about that. Sully relentlessly beat the Trig Truther drum, repeatedly linking "Audrey" at Palin's Deceptions, and now Sully's on vacation, with guestbloggers to run his prestigious blog at The Atlantic Monthly while he's gone.
The Atlantic Monthly bears tremendous responsibility here. So as I ponder this decision, I'm kind of wondering, "What Would James Fallows Do?"
And also, "What Would Ace of Spades Do?"
UPDATE 12:20 a.m. 8/25: Doggone it! Didn't I tell you? Some clever fellow named Aaron Gardner beat me to it!
UPDATE 1 a.m.: He who hesitates is lost! (If only I hadn't been cruelly deprived of those Special Genius Cells contained in the foreskin . . .)