Todd Hartley: I’m With Stupid
August 28, 2009
I was feeling a little lazy this week, so instead of digging around for a column idea about stupid people or things, I thought it would be fun to go to the Fox News website and see what its readers had to say about the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. More than 800 comments were posted there, and while not all of them were negative, the vast majority of them were similar to the ones below.
Keep in mind as you read the following that these posts came from people who tend to portray themselves as Christians and defenders of so-called “family values,” which apparently doesn’t include empathy, sympathy or class.
“Blah, blah, blah. The man was a scumbag leach that sucked the blood of the taxpayers,” according to someone with the user name “texasgunslinger.”
“Dam (sic) drunk should have died in prison, for manslauger (sic),” posted by “dwolfman” from Tennessee.
“We can rest easy knowing that this hypocritical, lying, cheating demagogue is finally done hurting other people for his own selfish interests. … Good riddance to bad rubbish – the only tragedy here is that it was so long in coming,” in the charitable view of “dunestone” from Indiana.
“I spit on your grave Ted Kennedy. What took so long for you to kick the bucket?” from “mark2009” of New York.
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“Ted Kennedy – a cheat, a liar, a philanderer, pompous, morally corrupt. The Dems should be proud of their ‘patriarch,'” from someone with the moniker “kgoode.”
“Good riddance to this drunken coward. He did more damage to our country than anyone in history,” according to “nordiq26” from New Jersey.
“This is a day of inspiration and hope for all Americans who love what is right, good, and true. Evil always does pass,” from a person calling himself “maybenot.”
“Finally an end to a family of scum bags!” in the words of “labslover” from Michigan.
“Goodbye you liberal pile of dung. Glad to see you go you slime ball. I can’t wait until you are all gone and we can get some people in there that respect American people and the constitution. Flame away. Don’t care,” by someone named “mechman29.”
“Good riddance. Not dead soon enough, IMO,” from “bozymoto.”
“The world is a cleaner, fresher and safer place for us all this morning with the passing of this man-child,” in the opinion of “petekc.”
“Good, one less drunk, corrupt lifer to worry about. Now if only Spector, Byrd, Murtha, Pelosi, etc. would drop dead, this country might have a future,” according to “gettough.”
I could go on – believe me, I could go on and on and on – but I think you get the idea.
Now, to be fair, some of the comments claimed that liberals were just as callous and cruel when former Bush administration spokesman Tony Snow died, so I poked around the Internet to see if this was true. I found one comment on CNN.com (which Fox News readers refer to as the Communist News Network) that said, “One less NeoCon nutjob in the world! … Don’t feel bad at Tony Snow’s passing!” Other than that, the comments I saw were all positive.
When I delved deeper and found myself on blogs written by far-left wackos, I found a few comments about Snow that almost matched the vitriol posted about Kennedy on Fox, but these were on fringe sites appealing only to a handful of radicals, not on a supposedly “fair and balanced” mainstream site.
I realize that the people who leave comments on the Fox News website don’t speak for all conservatives and Republicans – at least I hope they don’t – but to anyone like myself who goes to the site and reads the hundreds of horrible things those people have to say, the perception is that the right has been hijacked by a–holes.
Given the withering losses the GOP suffered in the last two elections, you’d think they would want to distance themselves from said a–holes. Do I think they will? Yeah, right! With Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity as their most vocal mouthpieces, Republicans can expect the Fox News commenters to be enthusiastically encouraged rather than denounced.
Anyway, good luck in the next round of elections, conservatives, but bear in mind that if the folks who claim to side with you keep exhibiting so little class, the millions of moderates that you need to court won’t exactly flock to your side.
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