The Republican Blogosphere Assumes the Fetal Position - The Intrepid

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Republican Blogosphere Assumes the Fetal Position

If you’re a Republican blogger, these are dark times. National polls give Obama a 9-10 point lead and statewide polls suggest a Democratic rout come Election Day. Not only does it look like Obama will win the Presidency, but the Democrats are inching closer towards a filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

In late August and early September, the McCain campaign was in the throes of a short renaissance. The addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket energized grassroots supporters and for short time after the GOP Convention, McCain enjoyed a lead in the polls. During this time of glee, many Conservative bloggers suggested that the Republican Party had moved beyond the policies of the Bush Administration, despite the fact that McCain and Palin’s policies mirrored those of the last eight years.

As Republicans brace for a loss on the scale of Carter’s defeat in 1980, the right wing blogosphere is starting to refashion itself again. After eight years of defending Bush and a few months as mavericks in McCain’s camp what does the future hold for the GOP blogosphere?

Many sites have shifted away from McCain and Palin and now solely devote their efforts to attacking Obama. Stories suggesting that Obama is simultaneously a radical Muslim, socialist, communist, and terrorist sympathizer have become commonplace. The central theme of these articles is that Obama is different, foreign, and somehow un-American. This is the future of most of the right wing blogosphere. Think Fox News during the Clinton Administration, but with less of a focus on morality and a greater focus on “Americanism”.