We’ve now spent four weeks locked in the PostScript bunker, and we’re feeling pungent enough to rhaps waxodic about our commenter friends. We’ve noticed some recurrent themes.
Today’s editorial on the resignation of Kwame Brown, who was, on Tuesday, D.C. Council chairman, and today is, presumably, wondering what looks good with orange. It’s a straightforward editorial about a big story, but has attracted only 40-some comments so far today. Nonetheless, those 40 comments are a perfect distillation of the Big Commenting Trends of Our Time.
The more comments a piece attracts, the more likely those comments will fall into six basic categories that PostScript will arrange for you nicely right here.
1. IT’S ALL ABOUT OBAMA!!! This is all caps and screamers for obvious reasons. Whatever the ostensible subject of the column — say, spring gardening tips — it turns out it’s really about our president, a perpetual debate between one faction (“OBAMA RULES”) and another faction arguing (“OBAMA DROOLS”). Nobody ever gets tired of this.
Today we had only one, but it’s a doozy, by findingoutaboutyou. Please recall this is in response to an editorial about the D.C. Council chairman:
NOW CHECK THE WHITE HOUSE YOU INCOMPETENT (PUT YOUR OWN WORD HERE!!)
Many people asked me, “Why would the Obama Administration release an obvious fake birth certificate?” My answer to them was, “They want to incite the people and throw it into their faces that we have no voice anymore”. The shills in the media will insist that you are crazy and that will scare people away from seeking the truth.
2. Duh. Why are you even writing about this? Everyone already knows it. Same old, same old. Today’s example is by tedv1:
Rot in DC government? Absolutely, up, down and sideways, with the US Congress leading the way. The whole of Washington is corrupt. Kwame Brown’s peccadillo is peanuts compared with what the big boys in the federal level put in their pockets. What is it about that town?
3. The history lesson. Usually, with historical precedents and/or analogies. Take it away, dgb450:
One might conclude that the DC government dating back for years and years is one of the most stupid and corrupt. It is almost as bad as Birmingham in 1954.
Hmm. But can we see something with a historical list? Thanks, topryder1:
I certainly would not compare three or four local politicians with all of the child molesters and crooks we have had to live through in the White House and the halls of Congress. Clearly, you have forgotten Nixon, Haldeman, Erlichman, Colson, Agnew, Wilbur Mills. They are the stain on our nation’s capital.
4. The Race Card. It is the policy of PostScript not to republish vileness, even in the service of a deep intellectual exposition such as this one coming at you right here. But it is worth noting, with civic pride, that nearly every time a racist observation is made, it is jumped upon righteously, in today’s case by DC74 :
Never ceases to amaze me when people say unfounded, baseless, racist, bigoted crap like this, then claim it’s the truth. Guess this guy never heard of Enron, Bernie Madoff, Iran-Contra, Watergate, Larry Craig, Savings & Loan, or any of the other volumes of scandals, frauds, abuses, and robberies committed by members of the “majority”.
5. Wapo sux. This one hurts PostScript’s feelings. But it is a constant theme, so we are obliged to mention it.
The media has always been advocates for certain political figures as well as political parties. The WP is not above this bias. The WP is still smarting over the electorate of DC not following the WP’s template for governance.
The corruption under Fenty was there, the Post just liked him and so didn’t report it. I sort of decided I need to vote against whomever the Post endorses if I’m going to get good muckraking reporting about them.
6. Umami. The one for people with a taste for raw meat. Something straight from the gut. Today it’s just a bit of joy from ex-Navy:
Just loving seeing this arrogant SOB go down.
And that makes it all worth it, ex-Navy. Thanks and see you next indictment.