October 17, 2008

Here's how to respond to the trolls and Axelturfers defaming Joe Wurzelbacher in a comment thread near you

"Joe didn't pay his taxes!"

"Joe isn't licensed to own a wrench!"

"Joe's balding and he shaves his head to hide it!"

Or whatever else they're throwing at him by the time you read this. Looks like David Axelrod's industrious little astroturfing creeps are out in force, having taken a brief sabbatical after their thorough failure to destroy Sarah Palin. Now they're trying to ruin a plumber from Ohio because not only didn't he genuflect in Obama's presence, but he accidentally managed to do something almost nobody else has done, or even bothered to try: He made Obama tell the truth.

Well, here's how to stop these Joe-viators in their tracks. Here's what they can't answer:

"Well spotted, my friend. So let's say, for the sake of argument, that you're right. What have you proven? How does that change Obama's answer to Joe's question? What do you hope to achieve with this?"

The truth, of course, is that Obama outed himself as a socialist in front of the whole world, McCain called him on it, and now Obama's supporters are terrified because they know most Americans don't want a socialist president. So they're lashing out at Joe. It really is a Two Minutes Hate, except Obama hasn't given them a time limit.

But they can't actually say any of that. They have to come up with some kind of excuse that their dim little minds perceive as plausible. So have some fun. Toy with their cognitive dissonance.

Enjoy.

Posted by Jim Treacher at October 17, 2008 01:01 PM