Politics on the Internet

In his column yesterday, John Leo compares the Democrats who are most active on the internet to McGovernites:

If the Internet people had prevailed in 2004, Howard Dean would have won the nomination and then been buried in an enormous landslide, just like George McGovern.

Leo is correct.  The Democrats who are most active on the internet are on the far left of their Party’s views.  On the other side, the Republicans who are most active on the internet are on the far right of their Party’s views.

The Internet Democrats seem to spend a lot of effort and energy trying to get Elected Democrats to govern more to the left of the way they actually campaigned.  In order to comply with this group AND actually get elected, most Democrats would have to say one thing on the campaign trail then do the opposite once in office.

The Internet Republicans seem to spend a lot of effort and energy trying to get Elected Republicans to govern the way they said they would while they campaigned.  In order to comply with this group a lot of Republicans would have to change their behavior by simply doing what they said they would do while they were trying to get elected.

I think the people described as being in the center or moderate are actually more conservative than they are portrayed.  If this group, that sways so many elections one way or the other, were to dig deep into the issues and pay attention to what is going on in Washington, our country would lurch dramatically to the right.


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