It started so well.
Bob Collins - MPR's webmeister and proprietor of the network's "Polinaut" blog - wrote excellent piece on remembering, in this heated, uncivil political season, what the important things are. The piece was in reference to Learned Foot's wife's diagnosis with cancer.
Collins tried. He really did:
We get wrapped up in politics a lot...Sometimes, it's just a game. But that doesn't stop us from projecting as 'evil' those with whom we politically disagree. We should catch ourselves doing that in the heat of the campaign because when all is said and done, we're supposed to be united and when this election season is over, if we still view others as 'evil,' then nothing good can come of it, regardless of who wins the election....he wrote, referencing Foot's story.
The next person I meet in the blogosphere who actually is a first class jerk personally, will be the first one...Because some things are more important than politics...
And then, right out of the gate, the first comment, from Bill Prendergast - one of the more logorrheac nattering nabobs who comments endlessly over at Eva Young's Dump Bachmann obsessionblog - hijacks the entire thread to take a swing at Michele Bachmann:
It is entirely possible that a person you disagree with politically--is in fact "evil."Over four or five wide column inches, not a single word about Mrs. Foot or about Collins' point. Simple hijacking.
For example: if a person is a hatemonger who makes false charges against her fellow Americans to further her political career--doesn't that make her "evil"?
Loathsome. Simply loathsome.
I try to get along with people. I can even bend an elbow with Mark Gisleson and the MN Publius kids, for crying out loud - because I believe that once the election is over, you still gotta share a country with those people. (I have no idea if Gisleson or the MNPublii believe any such thing; faith springs eternal. Although it was interesting to see a number of leftybloggers, including some fairly abrasive ones, offering Mrs. Foot their best wishes in Foot's original comment section. Why, it's almost like, even though they believe differently than us, they're still human.
But that would seem to be more than Mr. Prendergast will allow for those with whom he disagrees.
What must it be like, to be so knotted up with hatred over...politics that one can't take one lousy post's worth of vacation from bile and rage?Posted by Mitch at October 28, 2006 05:01 AM | TrackBack