At HillaryClinton.com – the official campaign website – Hillary’s supporters are invited to “Start a Blog” there. And many folks have.
Lemme tell you, there is a lot of bashing and trashing of Barack Obama going on... at a site “Paid for by Hillary Clinton for President.” Some of it is ridiculously nasty. And some of it’s racial.
Take Johnathan Andrew. His blog at HillaryClinton.com yesterday featured a post titled “The Affirmative Action Candidate (Obama).”
“Here you have a less-than-qualified candidate running against a qualified candidate,” Johnathan wrote. “But because of our attitudes here in America, we’re witnessing people making decisions based on race. ...
“Do you know what the promotion of someone with lesser qualifications is over someone else with larger qualifications due to race, gender, color, ethnicity, or national origin is? It’s the very definition of Affirmative Action.”
Blogger “DBP” had a post last Friday headlined “Obama the thief will make Bush & Nixon look like saints.” DBP wrote: “He is a liar and a thief! Stealing Hillary’s work and passing it of as his own.”
A different DBP post that same day was called “Obama is the modern day Pied Piper.” “He plays his flute and will lead his followers into dangerous waters where they’ll drown.”
Today, Hillary blogger TracyDuong posted “Obama – cause of disease.”
“The disease of addiction ruins people, their families, and their communities,” she wrote. “Obama is a dealer of the ‘dream solution’ and the ‘quick fix’. Reason is not required to buy his message. Obama addicts will wait in lines for hours, take time off of from work, to get their fix.”
Now this one takes the cake. It was posted by “about time”: “Obama was seen in gay bars in Washington DC.”
“I think Obama may be gay,” this idiot wrote. “[H]e is a married man with children and he is pretending to be the savior of everyone’s soul, so claims his wife Michelle. ...
“Personally, I have always felt something about was a FRAUD. I still feel that way. Hillary is the real deal we need Hillary as president.”
Blogger Chasmo calls his entire blog “An Obamination!” On Monday, Chasmo posted “An Obamination, Part IX (You wouldn’t vote for David Duke, would you?),” which rehashes old attacks about Trinity United Church of Christ, which Obama attends.
And whoever blogs on HillaryClinton.com as “StopObama” provides links to an independent site, www.stop-obama.org, which smears Sen. Obama as a “mediocre charlatan” who abuses his “perceived minority status.”
So what does this all mean? The words and ideas posted on community blogs at HillaryClinton.com aren’t created by the Clinton campaign. They’re created by people like you and me.
But guess what? BarackObama.com has community blogs also. And I don’t see any Hillary-bashing headlines there.
It seems to me that both candidates’ fan blogs say something about their campaigns. The Obama fans are enthusiastic, optimistic, focused on business. The Clinton supporters – a good number of them, anyway – are negative, nasty... and spinning their wheels in the mud.
UPDATE (02/21/08): Well well well... guess what? You probably know already, but each and every one of those slimy posts I linked to above has been removed from HillaryClinton.com. Including Chasmo’s entire “Obamination” blog.
Moderation at last. Good for them. Now play nice, kids.