Received by your humble correspondent, not that long ago, from an ex-Blogging Tory whose anonymity shall be respected as he or she requested:
Don't know if you saw this: http://torydrroy.blogspot.com/2009/08/suggestion-for-pmo.html
I respectfully request anonymity for sending this to you, but suffice it to say that this is a perfect example of why I am an ex-blogger. I in no way want to be associated with people with this kind of judgment. Blogging has basically become the primary forum for the stupidest, shittiest commentators of every partisan and ideological stripe, and it blows my mind that none of these bloggers - Liberal, Tory, whatever - seem to have the slightest clue they are giant fucking idiots that nobody with any real clout in the party would ever listen to in a million years.
Sort of a good point, but I will take issue with the wide-sweeping generalization above. I don't believe most of the [Ll]iberal/progressive Canadian bloggers think those higher up the food chain in Canadian politics take their blogging seriously. In fact, I believe that most of those bloggers, while they support their respective parties, see their role as holding feet to the fire, and slapping someone upside the head when it's warranted, and acting in a serious watchdog role. In short, to support one's party of choice, but not adoringly or unabashedly.
Canada's yapping Blogging Tories ... well, that's another matter, as those idiots honestly think anyone in the Stephen Harper Reform Party of Canada gives a fuck what they think. Does anyone seriously believe that anyone in the PMO gets up in the morning thinking, "Hmmmmm ... I wonder what the Blogging Tories think of our current strategy?" Yeah, those folks really agonize over the daily opinions of Jabba the Roy, Hunter, Dodo, JoJo, Sandy Crux and the rest of the semi-literate buffoons who know just enough to use the shift key at the appropriate times when pounding out their latest insipid, racist screeds.
The Blogging Tories have one purpose in the Canadian political landscape -- to act as useful idiots and regurgitate every illogical, inane, racist talking point that's fed to them by their hero, Stephen Harper. They are faithful conduits. That's their job, and they do it terrifically well. But they really should disabuse themselves of the notion that anyone with the self-awareness of a colostomy bag has even the slightest interest in their opinions. There is no one in a position of power musing, "Hey, let's see what Dr. Roy wrote today, it might be useful in our upcoming campaign." Or, "Has anyone checked in on 'Hunter' lately, she always writes something worth reading." Good luck with that.
I can see where my anonymous correspondent is coming from, but the generalization was a bit unfair. Yes, there's some massive self-delusion out there but, for the most part, it's coming from the other side of the aisle. Unless Stephen Harper's trusted advisers really do care about how much "Neo Conservative" enjoys the violent deaths of Toronto's minorities, but I'm thinking that's kind of unlikely.
I've been wrong before, though.