Jim Hoft: Internet's Dimmest Bulb?

Decatur Deb9/22/2010 1:22:01 pm PDT

re: #13 WindUpBird

I’m been thinking about this:

is the internet killing the republican party?

Because what you have with the Republicans, is all these wackos in the base, these people who truly believe the most insane and horrible things, they all have far more of a voice than they ever would have pre-internet. No blogs, no avenue for a guy like this to make a mark, because the establishment GOP wouldn’t let him

But nowadays, they all have voices! And they can speak to the base straight up and be just as crazy as they are, and the establishment GOP which used to keep a lid on the crazy, now they’re helpless to stop it, because it’s the internet, it’s twitter, it’s blogs, it’s this hive mind full of rage that can’t be controlled. And you have people with a brain on their shoulders in the GOP like Rove and Frum, just getting beaten into the ground by these bug-eyed freaks who think witchcraft is real and the president is simultaneously a muslim and a satanist

Perhaps it’s killing both parties, just killing the GOP more obviously. In the pre-transistor days the electorate got a clumsy, incomplete view of all the crazy and all the good circulating through the political arteries. They responded by lumping the pols into 3 or 4 approximate parties. The Intertubes give us a much greater “Send” capacity and much finer Recieve” resolution, thus more categories. Someday we could select from 40 million or so eParties.

We now return to our regularly-scheduled screwing around.