"Seriously? You can't argue with the statement, so you attempt some character assassination."
That should sound more than just a bit more than familiar to you and Sir Echo; it is your stand modus operandi from the get go. Deflect and distract, don't answer outright, stick to the Party talking points and if folks aren't buying into that belittle and demean them in any way possible.
Don't confuse judging character with character assasination. People tell lies, I call them liars. I always will. People overreach ten years ago and rectify it, I don't mention it again. Never will. Froggie, Lav, Dan, any of the rest change their ways they'll be in the latter group. Until then, they are what they are.