(Site Note: With this post, we say good bye to Steve Benen as a contributor to C&L. Steve has accepted a position with The Washington Monthly. While we'll miss his posts here greatly, we wish him great luck in his new position~ Nicole)
When the McCain campaign unveiled its now-infamous Spears/Hilton ad, the NYT’s editorial board, like every other sensible political observer, criticized it. Michael Goldfarb, McCain’s official in-house blogger, responded by comparing the Times’ editors to “the average Daily Kos diarist sitting at home in his mother’s basement and ranting into the ether between games of Dungeons & Dragons.”
This week, after questions arose about the veracity of a McCain anecdote from his days as a prisoner of war, Goldfarb went back to the well, blasting "the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd."
After the first insulting comment, Goldfarb backed away, while sticking to the vernacular: “If my comments caused any harm or hurt to the hard working Americans who play Dungeons & Dragons, I apologize. This campaign is committed to increasing the strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence, wisdom, and charisma scores of every American.”
This led my friend Adam Serwer to raise an excellent point.
That’s the kind of deep, personal animosity that you associate with experience, which clearly Goldfarb has. It’s not hard to imagine that some basement somewhere holds the abandoned d20s, dusty rulebooks, and broken heart of a young Michael Goldfarb who never got to be Dungeon Master because he wouldn’t stop yelling. In fact, it’s hard not to wonder if, when Michael Goldfarb is berating the D&D players of the world, he’s really just berating Michael Goldfarb.
Ta-Nehisi Coates added, “[W]e often are what we hate. Goldfarb remark smacks of a geek trying to get down by slamming other geeks.”
The good news is, the “Pro-Obama Dungeons and Dragons crowd” is apparently getting organized. I can’t help but wonder if the McCain campaign has inadvertently woken an angry nerd army....