File this firmly under “WTF?”. Best example yet of Plunderdumb(tm) comes in this am via The Dispatch:
House speaker considers political blogs dangerous
Sunday, July 30, 2006 — Ohio House Speaker Jon A. Husted is no fan of political blogs.
“I believe they?re overrated in some respects,” the Kettering Republican said during a taping Friday of ONN?s Capitol Square. “In high-profile campaigns, this is a way for people to use third parties to get bad information out about your opponent.”
The fact that people are paying attention to the blogs, Husted said, “is undermining the campaign process in terms of trying to advance ideas.”
“One of the things that is so frustrating when you?re running a campaign is when we get out there, we?re trying to decide who should lead our state, about the important issues of creating jobs and improving the future of this state ? and we?re talking about whether or not Ted Strickland is gay on a blog.” he said. “That is not helpful.”
His only example is that of a wingnut trying to smear Strickland? You have to just sit back and laugh at that one. He probably just forgot about the whole Bill Ritter thing. One thing Jon Husted gets right is this: blogs are dangerous. We’re dangerous territory for overreaching corrupt conservatives making a last ditch effort to remain in power. Downright toxic where that is concerned.
Undermining the campaign process in terms of advancing ideas? You have GOT to be kidding me man. Blogs are just about the best way I’ve seen to get ideas out that MSM won’t cover. They are also a method that has been used (successfully) to get the MSM to move on things they may have not. We also hold them in check when needed. This really shows the true lack of vision in the GOP and the priority it places on staying in power at the expense of the democratic process. Earth to Jon Husted: we ain’t goin’ away my man. Things can only get better – worse for guys like you.
Husted wins the Plunderdumb(tm) Award of the Day. Congrats Jon!