Saturday, September 20, 2008

Demon Trolling on the Political Left

Noemie Emery has done it again with a penetrating essay on the utter pathology in the left's reaction to Sarah Palin's nomination as vice-presidential running mate.

There are too many juicy passages to quote (and
Emery's takedown of NOW's Kate Michelman, who backed John Edwards in the primaries, is pure gold), but this paragraph is lovely:

McCain picked Palin for a number of reasons - youth, pizzazz, energy, appeal to the base and to middle-class women, to the West and to blue-collar voters - but it may turn out that the main contribution she makes to his effort is in goading the Democrats into spasms of self-defeating and entirely lunatic rage. Somehow, every element of her life - the dual offense of being a beauty-queen and hunter; the Down syndrome baby who wasn't aborted; the teenage daughter about to get married, whose baby also wasn't aborted; the non-metrosexual husband working the nightshift; the very fact of five children - touched a nerve on the liberal template, and sent the whole beast into convulsions, opening an intriguing and somewhat frightening window onto the turbulent id of the left.
I keep plugging away on all this stuff in my corner of the blogosphere, of course, paying special attention to the work of the vile contingents of the netroots fever swamps in destroying the Democratic Party's electability this year (and that's not to discount Sandra Bernhard's widely-acclaimed anti-Palin stage performances!).

So, I'm reading D.J. Drummond's essay on the left's trolling demon cult with considerable interest: "
How Liberal Trolls Are Working To Get McCain Elected President":

Ahhhhh Brian, you poor deluded troglodyte. I almost chose not to tell you, but it's only fair you should know that you are working, very hard actually, to get John McCain elected President. For those who may have 'troll-screen' featured on their computer, it should be understood that Brian is one of those malicious, venom-fueled malefactors who delight in attacking their betters. To be fair, there are Republican trolls as well as Democrat trolls, and Conservative trolls just as there are Liberal trolls, though it does seem to me that the Liberal variety breed a lot more, and that the Democrats like to encourage the vermin on their side, while Republicans would generally prefer a clean contest. Certainly in the present contest, McCain has tried to shut down the cheap shots from his side, while Obama seems to think his rats are just fine....

What I find so amusing about Brian and those like him, is that he will help get John McCain elected President. Explaining just why that is so will take a little bit, but please bear with me.
Read the rest of the essay here.

Drummond examines an interesting puzzle: If polls show that John McCain picking up the support of moderates and independents, while Obama remains flat in his support from those groups, why would Gallup's recent tracking numbers have Obama leading McCain by a 5-point spread? According to Drummond:

Gallup has significantly increased the proportional weight of Democrat response and reduced the weight of Republican response.
I'll let readers sort through the evidence Drummond offers in making his case.

It is extemely interesting, however, that polls and pundits find an enthusiastic GOP base continuing to boost Republican Party prospects, while the base of the Democratic Party sinks deeper and deeper into subterranean malevolence in seeking to destroy the McCain/Palin ticket.

The Politico, for example, reported yesterday on the comeback of the GOP brand. Meanwhile, Fred Barnes builds on that meme with his new essay, "The GOP Brand: It's Hot Again."

Anyway, it's not over 'till it's over, and we'll continue to see the lefties gleefully working their magic in proving their complete, radical counter-culture oppositionalism.