Atrios has his nose out of joint because the LA Times has run a spot-on article about hyper-partisanship in America and its dangers. According to a snarky Atrios:
Apparently political participation is bad because the country is much better off when the low information mushy middle decide elections.
Knowledgeable people with well-informed opinions about policy: bad. Easily manipulated people who don’t pay attention and therefore live in some sort of Arcadian plane free of the taint of knowledge: good.
“Knowledgeable people with well-informed opinions about policy” like Pam Spaulding, and Steve Benen, and Joshua Micah Marshall? People who are so “informed” that they’ve chosen to support Barack Obama, a man with all of the political experience of a high school student government officer? People who’ve completely overlooked his lack of qualifications, his sexism, his race-baiting, his practicing of personal destruction politics against Clinton, while he hypocritically decries such practices? People who are part of an online group that has all the hallmarks of a cult of personality and who refuse to acknowledge that he’s not only unelectable, but that he shouldn’t be elected?
Uh, yeah. Thanks, Duncan, but I’d rather be with the “mushy middle” on this one; a majority of that middle has rejected Obama so far, so I think it’s doing pretty well. Certainly better than what used to be called the “reality-based community,” most of which has chosen to eschew Realityville in favor of Obamaland.
Update, 05/26/08 2:47 PM:
Looks like I touched a nerve with Duncan, because rather than, y’know, actually addressing any of the points I raised, he sent Obamabots to spam my comments section. Apologies to anyone who might have had something halfway intelligent to say who never saw their comment posted, but after a certain point the snark, accusations of racism, the same tired anti-Clinton shibboleths being trotted out, and the odd death threat, gets old.
Update, 05/26/08 6:23 PM:
I have decided, upon consideration, to show people just what kind of supporters Obama has online. As you’ll see, if you wade through the excrement that passes for comments from most of these people, most are personal attacks on me or cheap shots aimed at Clinton; few of the commenters (or shall we just call them trolls?) attempted to actually engage me in a discussion (of course even the few who did outnumber me and I simply don’t have the time or patience to issue dozens of more individual rebuttals). There are also the usual tiresome cries of “It’s over goddamit! She’s LOST!” Which is something that Obama supporters have been saying despite the fact that she keeps on winning.
Some comments were deleted, but I’m sure those zealous few will come back to do more trolling.
Update, 05/26/08 7:33 PM:
Anglachel said something that perfectly encapsulates my own experience with the blogosphere of late — before today (and no, this isn’t some thinly-veiled barb at Atrios):
I’ve watched too many otherwise reasonable people become raving morons on their blogs, and the common thread to all of it appears to be [Clinton Derangement Syndrome]. It’s something that gets you instant praise from hundreds of commenters, it makes you seem very hip and anti-establishment to sneer at the failings of the Clintons, and it puts you in a very chummy circle. It’s a lazy way to look radical without actually doing anything, kind of like hanging out with opportunistic bullshit artists in an exclusive little enclave in Chicago and think you’re doing something daring. The great irony, of course, is that the leading lights of Left Blogistan whose great moral claim is that they stand in opposition to the media whores of the MSM have done little for the last six months except regurgitate the central anti-Democratic meme promulgated by the MSM, that we must band together to destroy the evil Clintons. It would be amusing were it not so self-defeating.
Update, 5/26/08 11:30 PM:
Atrios is in a Snit (Coda) is now up.