Besides the polls, I also watch what I call the “anger index” on the local hard-right blogs.
It often rises in the final weeks of elections, with venomous personal attacks against the opposing candidates — and commenters who challenge their views. They are peaking now.
It is happening on abortion (a new subject for “Dr.” Rebane), Hilary Clinton, Agenda 21, Obama — you name it. The volume is on the rise.
In some cases, such as Agenda 21, they are “eating their own” (AKA those with the same political stripe). This former CABPRO guy, Martin Light, is an angry man, for sure. Todd Juvinall @ Sierra Dragon’s Breathe (sic) is an entertaining soul.
I’ve also noted — and this is telling — that the venomous attacks peak just as this group’s opposing candidate are about to lose — George Smyrnos for judge, Sue McGuire for Supervisor, Barry Pruett for clerk-recorder and so on. And yes, the presidential election of 2008 was another example.
We have some strong, sensible conservative voices in our community — Nate Beason, Ed Scofield, Rich Ullery, Ray Shine and Fred Buhler, among them — but I never find them present in the hard-right blogosphere. More like a briar patch over there.
This summer, I volunteered to help distribute some flyers for Fred Buhler to honor Veterans in the Constitution Day Parade (as far as Sacramento and Reno), and we regularly buy fresh, free-range chickens from Chuck Shea, the new CABPRO director.
We never discuss the hard-right bloggers, though. It’s still worth noting that conservative websites — the local GOP and tea party sites — often point to them as “recommended reading.”
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