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I think another strategy of the left is to swarm conservative blogs that are putting up positive McCain/Palin articles. At the very least someone has coordinated a goon squad to assault Pajamas Media. I read comments today on a post, the first 90 of which were from progressives.
I think the organization of the progressive/left is a few communist/fellow travellers at the top and on down it gets to moron pretty quickly. If you pop over to PJM expect one or two sopisticated comments with the rest of the enlightened dragging their knuckles across the key board.
Jephnol ... you're certainly right about the Left's efforts to weaken the Republicans' respect for McCain and Palin. The members of the Left have been missing the boat on what America really thinks and feels since at least the 1940s when I was in college in New York. There weren't so many of them then, although I knew a few, and didn't like them.
As usual, they've gotten hold of the wrong end, and greatly misinterpreted the feeling of the community of grown-ups who make up the base of the Republican Party. The grown-ups are usually too busy with useful work to pay much attention to playground insults. This is a mistake on our part, I think. Children behaving badly will simply behave worse than ever if you ignore them. And that's what's happening here.
The feminist journalists are angry because Sarah is an authentic crusader, a woman who thinks she can do everything, and pretty much can. And they take it as a personal insult because she has achieved so much on her own without their "assistance." After all, they're 'feminists,' aren't they? And they should be respected by the rest of us for being so. Sarah is just the real McCoy. And they are flat-out envious that she proved that a tough, talented woman can do it without them. Hence the raucous frenzy.
'feminism' has become nothing much more than yet another elite leftist guild with gatekeepers and guild association rule makers. Ms. Palin had the gaul to not apply to and be accepted by the feminist guild. Shame the young lady doesn't seem to know her place.
The problem with the leftist spammers is that most blog owners are happy to have the traffic and visitors, so they don't do much moderating.
The net result is that they allow trolls and trouble makers who care nothing for the blog or its regular readers and just spew their copy-and-paste opinions on blog after blog.
The blog owners think they are 'allowing a conversation', when really they are just being bombarded by non-linking spam from people who are never going to read the replies because they won't visit again.
Personally, I stopped reading some sites because they would not address the issue at all. The comment areas were just filled with leftist junk even though the posts were mostly conservative. It took a while for me to figure it out. When I did, I deleted the bookmark.