Trolling on McCain’s Blog Is Apparently Okay
No, that doesn’t mean that McCain himself is blogging. That, I admit, would be pretty surprising. But there is something pretty surprising about the blog.
A recent post, which seems pretty typical from what I can tell, is simply headlined “Photos From McCain-Palin Virginia Event,” on September 10, and simply offers a few photos with the text: “Check out these great photos from our event today in Virginia; the crowd was fantastic.”
The surprise is that the blog comments are open to the public, and this seems to draw at least as much anti-McCain fire as pro-McCain cheerleading. For instance:
John McCain is a fighter.
McCain has fought against raising the federal minimum wage 14 times.
McCain has fought against making sure that women earn equal pay for equal work.
McCain has fought against a woman’s right to choose so consistently that he received a zero percent vote rating from pro-choice organizations.
McCain has fought against helping families gain access to birth control.
McCain has fought against Social Security, even going so far as to call its current funding system “an absolute disgrace.”
And McCain has fought against the new G.I. Bill of Rights until it became politically untenable for him to do so.
John McCain voted with President Bush 95 percent of the time in 2007 and 100 percent of the time in 2008.
That’s no maverick. That’s a sidekick.
Mr. McCain, you should be ashamed of yourself. My grandmother, a past suporter of yours, is disgutsed by your tactics, and so am I. You have lost not only her support, but her respect. You are losing the respect of millions these past few days with the lies and misrepresentations of your campiagn ads. You spent years earning this respect, and now you are squandering it and making us all ashamed of you.
A similar post on Barack Obama‘s official blog, meanwhile, is brimming with pro-Obama talk.
In order to comment on the Obama blog, you need to log in with an e-mail address and password (I haven’t tried so I have no idea if you can get in with a fake e-mail). The commenting protocol looks similar on the McCain blog.
So what accounts for this disparity — the vigorous trolling of anti-McCainites on McCain’s site whereas Obama’s site seems free of such trolling? Does this mean that Obama’s comments are moderated while McCain’s are not?
The McCain blog free-for-all reminded me of a trenchant comment I read recently on the Marginal Revolution blog, in response to a post headlined “Why Libertarians Should Vote for Obama (1)” (emphasis added):
As long has you have political leaders who don’t understand economics, among other things, times will be tough. However, I would say generally conservatives are for freedom while liberals are for control.
Succinct, no? But true?