Tuesday, August 08, 2006

It's election day in Connecticut

Writing in the Wall Street Journal in support of Joe Lieberman, Ex-Clinton White House consul Lanny Davis dropped the McCarthyism bomb on the liberal blogsphere this morning. The liberal blogsphere struck back by hacking Joe Lieberman's campaign website.

I'm far from sure about the second part -- but websites don't hack themselves.

A few months ago I
predicted message board content on political blogs was going to become an electoral issue. Now we have Lanny Davis reprinting, in an attempt to shame his own party and defend his friend, vicious anti-Lieberman message board entries originally posted on prominent liberal political blogs.

Davis compares the most extreme, usually anonymous voices in the liberal blogsphere to Ann Coulter and Russ Limbaugh.

He is wrong. They are not like Coulter or Limbaugh, who are somewhat reigned in by corporate responsibility and their own name, however good one thinks that might be.

In terms of "sanctimony and vitriol" there is not an equivalent voice on the right to these anti-American and increasingly anti-Semitic screeds. Or at least not one leaving foot prints on forums that log hundreds of thousand of views daily and often support specific candidates for office.

This time tomorrow these forums and the reckless rants they host could be a little more mainstream.

Caveat emptor.

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