Here’s one that struck me as rather odd today: One of George Allen’s supporters wasn’t quite happy that in an online poll on BearingDrift.com Allen wasn’t getting the stratospheric levels of support that he thought George was due. While that’s in no way unusual, what is unusual is the message he sent out over facebook trying to encourage other George Allen supporters to flood the poll with votes. To wit: “George Allen needs your vote in this poll, if for no other reason, to fend off the trolls who are desperately trying to skew the results.”
So everyone who isn’t a dyed in the wool George Allen supporter, or those that might very much like one of the other candidates who may run for U. S. Senate are nothing but trolls. I guess I should be happy we weren’t called made-up names like “macaca.”
I understand how difficult it can be to enforce campaign discipline among supporters, but you’d think this would be the one campaign that would have communicated the message loud and clear to everyone associated with it that calling people names is out. Every time this campaign is seen as doing so in some fashion, no matter the circumstance, all it does is remind people of what George Allen absolutely doesn’t want to be talking about anymore. At the extreme, doing so might inadvertently communicate to others that this campaign doesn’t learn from past mistakes and there’s some kind of”we are superior to everyone else” meme running rampant among the new “A-Team.”
So even though I voted for Bob Marshall in this poll, I’m not going to get all upset about being called a “troll” by the George Allen camp because I happen to like Bob Marshall a bit better than George Allen. The next time I get a fundraising letter from Allen I might be tempted to sign the check “Troll,” however.
I wonder if they’d get the joke and laugh about it as much as I did at being called a troll today.
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