Monday, May 26, 2008

Join the John McCain Campaign Talking Point of the Day Club

You don't get a decoder ring, but it's almost as good.

The McCain campaign--hoping to show it's got netroots chops every bit as serious as the lefties--has set up a site to help McCain's loyal boosters participate in the Great Internet Experiment. (Did they mention to you that the Internet is actually a bunch of tubes?)

And you can join in--it's easy 'n' fun:

Step 1: Go to the McCain website and copy today's McCain Talking Point. For example, here's what you find this morning:

There are serious issues at stake in this election, and serious differences between the candidates. And we will argue about them, as we should. But it should remain an argument among friends; each of us struggling to hear our conscience, and heed its demands; each of us, despite our differences, united in our great cause, and respectful of the goodness in each other.

Although tomorrow it will be something else. Something completely contradicting this, in all likelihood. And probably something not terribly "respectful of the goodness in each other." Doesn't matter.

Step 2: Select one of today's designated blog-world targets from the right and the left (since McCain has a hard sales job ahead of him on either side). This morning, the lucky recipients are two blogs from the right (Red State and Jeff Emanuel's blog) and one from the left (Daily Kos).

The McCain page is careful to warn its patrons:

The content of these sites is not controlled by the McCain campaign and may contain offensive material. Please use your discretion in visiting these sites.

Step 3: Paste today's McCain Talking Point into the comments section at that blog. It's that simple.

Doesn't matter the context. Doesn't matter the topic. Doesn't matter if you've ever even read the site before or if you'll ever return. Just drop it in there and report back. It's called a "concern troll" and all blogs welcome them as a way of bringing new people into the discussion. They'll thank you for it. Really. In fact, be sure to tell 'em John sent you.

(Note: If you don't know how to copy or paste text from your computer, you're immediately eligible to be one of Sen. McCain's Top Tier Strategy Circle. Just send money.)

I imagine the lefty blog backlash from this--if any of his supporters are foolish enough to attempt it--will be swift and terrible. If they think that the content on some of these blogs is "offensive" now, just wait.

This is the kind of behavior that would get you blocked from a Usenet group 20 years ago. How stunningly out of touch must Team McCain be to think it's a good idea now?

(Hat tip to Huffington Post and Daily Kos, who really do have fun with a story that's almost beyond the reach of mockery.)

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