Over at Politics Daily, often I sit in bewilderment at the fine prose and iambic pentameter of the bloggers who comment there. Very cognizant am I that most who produce bile in the area which ought be renamed the “intellectual loftiness box,” are in the fringe. The taint of the fringe. I must take care not insult “taint” or “fringe.”
Columnist Jill Lawrence wrote a piece today detailing Jeb Bush’s effort to unify the G.O.P. She meticulously outlines his call to welcome moderates to the party. However, she bemoans the not-so-warm and fuzzy name-recognition Jeb “Bush” receives these days.
“Bush?” I don’t get it. How can that name possibly be considered the darkest stain on humanity?
“The guy was a very popular governor of a very big, important state. He could win that state right now,” Bruce Buchanan, a University of Texas historian and Bush family observer, said of Jeb. “He’s got practical experience and he’s more of a centrist” than his brother was as president.Bush also has a gravitas that other GOP figures – Limbaugh, party chairman Michael Steele, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin – do not. “He is smart. He knows a lot about policy. He’s got a broad reach. He comes across in a way which is unthreatening,” Renshon said.
The following comment received a Five Star Rating:
9:26AM May 5th 2009
the republicans have to be extremist because what the dems are doing!!!As we all seen it in television what is controlled by extremist dems who don’t care to give us the news only to give they own opinion!!!Complete control over the media and only short minded people who can not see that!
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Ahhhh… The Michelle Bachmann wing of the G.O.P. Why is this at all relevant? I’ll tell you. This comment received Five Stars by the brain trust of commenters at Politics Daily. I’ve noticed, the dumber the comments, the higher the rating. I also recall the commenters picking McCain in a landslide for the election, as well as “people” grading out Obama to an “F” until the paint job.
Realize, the comment made by nagy22 (not to be confused with nagy21 or nagy3.14) flies in the face of what Jeb Bush was trying to say — make the tent bigger. He has an appeal to far more voters than, Newt Gingrich, Michael Steele, Rush Limbaugh, and yes, Michelle Bachmann. Not that nagy22 is some guru. Far from it. However, this blogger represents, by its’ own admission, the “extreme.” Further, the number commenters who agree with it, think being “extreme” is either good for the party, or they have watched too many Mountain Dew ads. Regardless, it shows the commenters at Politics Daily contravene mainstream thinking. As such, these commenters besmirch the reputation of AOL.
Ask Alec Baldwin. While he spoke of the former “Front Page” of AOL, certainly, comments like the ones quoted here, like it or not, paint AOL with the same brush. The toleration of inane comments, while there may be no other choice, detracts from the excellent writing on all sides AOL is blessed to have. Further, those “comments” are the rule, not the exception. Perception is reality.
Here’s another brilliant gem:
7:47AM May 5th 2009How very imature and childish and just plain simple minded – If we are going to take peoples names into account when judging their qualifications then let’s take a long hard look at the name “Obama” and “Hussein” – do you really want to know what is wrong with this country? the American people have gone “stupid”
It’s going to be fun kicking their asses again. Without question, the above quoted “material,” is wholly consistent and worthy of trumpeting this unique argument. “Obama’s a Muslim.” Yes. We are indeed, “stupid.”
nagy22 asks people to follow a game plan asking one to joust with a windmill. It makes Quixote look reasonable. The G.O.P., with blatant division as proof in the Politics Daily, is done for. Or at least, Politics Daily is inhabited by a group of low-grade morons. Many on this blog agree with nagy22. Good. They will wind up like Herm Edwards, former Jets and Chiefs coach, who could not follow his own advice and has been fired repeatedly: “You play to win the game.”
This is Five Star Material? Ergot, the more number of stars a comment receives at Politics Daily, the greater chance the person who wrote it is either inbred or an insult to inbreeding and Sister-Wife filled polygamist colonies. Please, keep it up. I’m due back on the Planet Earth.
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