Drooling on the Pillow

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Satis Delenda Est 

If only it were true that Rove was smart enough to orchestrate Ra*th*ergate. We could all just relax and concentrate on the wildcard races.

I had the thought today, blasphemous for a blogger, even one as casual as I, that this Internet thingy that all the kids are talking about is not an unmixed blessing. Yes, peeking under Tiffany's skirts has been thrilling and fascinating and instructive. But consider this , via Allah Is In The House. Here's some folks comparing themselves to Jews in Germany in 1938 and discussing the virtues of Vancouver vs. Costa Rica. Obviously there are equally fevered swamps on the right. So far right that these wetlands are virtually contiguous.

These people have always existed and have always sought to exert influence. Fine. But giving them a clubhouse is not good therapy for them or necessarily constructive for the rest of us. Has the internet had the net effect of increasing the power of the fringe? Have the wingnuts, left and right become more influential in driving the agendas of the major parties as a result? Is that the reason for the disappearing swing voters? And how would you go about analyzing these trends?
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