=something similar to
So to rephrase that sentance:
"I was hoping that saying this may buy some leeway in not getting that thread shut down, because we are actually having something close to a decent argument."
Here comes the rain, another day another storm.
I've been down, down, down for oh, so long. ("Blood Is
I'll walk this mile and I'll ask no quarter, (Thicker Than Water"
For in the end, blood is thicker than water. (-Black Label Society)