Rep. John Linder, a Republican from Duluth and a member of the steering committee that made the Calvert appointment, was the first congressional office targeted for calls by RedState.com. But Linder brushed off the online critics.
“I really don’t pay much attention to blogs,” he said. “You can say anything on those blogs without any attribution and get away with it.”
Liberal blogs have been influential, the Georgia lawmaker acknowledged. But he dismissed their conservative counterparts, saying, “I don’t pay any attention to them.”
Even some conservative bloggers object to the new blog activism.
“If you look at the top tier of right-wing bloggers, they’re almost unfailingly civil,” wrote Dean Barnett for the opinion Web site Townhall.com.
He charged that Erickson was trying to turn right-wing Web sites into “the kingmakers that the left-wing blogs are.”
As I said at the time:
Researchers like Bob Altmeyer have exhaustively demonstrated that conservative followers like being told what to think and conservative leaders don’t tolerate input from the masses. In that way radio is the perfect medium, sending the Party line through a select group of reliable disseminators to the polloi with little chance for feedback, which liberals value but authoritarians hate.
IIt must get pretty depressing to be told over and over again that one’s job is to take the latest pap from party HQ and repeat it verbatim regardless of whether today’s pap contradicts yesterday’s pap. If my purpose in life added up to functioning as a router that you can buy for fifty bucks at radio shack, odds are good that I would find a more rewarding hobby, like trainspotting or self mutilation.
I naively meant to cite the Graeme Frost affair as an example what happens when conservabloggers give ad libbing a try. My bad! Even their category nine stupidquakes start right at the top.