Friday, June 6, 2014

On Trolls, Candidates And Candidate Trolls

The Siren doesn't allow unmoderated comments on her blog. We used to, but that shit got old fast and we turned it off.

(Seriously, how many times can a person read Robin Vos' mother threaten a slander lawsuit without feeling a bit embarrassed for her?)

We think feedback is a good thing, and we love us some praise, but the trolls whose only objective is to start a flamewar was a drag and giant waste of time.

If you fuck with us on Facebook or Twitter - we block you. Simple and so, so easy. The Siren isn't changing any hardcore teabilly's mind and at the end of the day, we don't really care what you think.

Discourse is sometimes very overrated. If you don't like what we write, don't read it.

The flame has its allure - wasting an entire day going back and forth with some troll is basically a masterbatory game of "I know you are, but what am I?" Zing! I sure burned that guy with that link to that article which totally proves he is a douchebag.

If you have time for that, go mentor a kid instead.

The newswire is buzzing with news that Brett Hulsey's nomination signatures are being challenged by the Dane County Democratic Party Chair. Not a surprise - he only turned in something like a 133 over the minimum needed. Anyone with an internet connection could get that many signatures tossed before lunch.

Added to the discussion is that Hulsey is being denied an opportunity to speak at this weekend's State Democratic Party Convention in the Wisconsin Dells.

For his part, Hulsey has threatened to show up at the convention and hand out "Commie Party Caps" as a way of illustrating how he is being persecuted by the authoritarian dictator, Mike Tate, in favor of a candidate whose family makes bicycles in China.

If you believe that Brett Hulsey's disinvitation to speak at the Dem convention is just like living under Mao during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, then you are probably mad about it too.

We, however, could not care less. Hulsey is not a candidate, he's a troll.

Hulsey isn't serious, and he's no insurgent either. He's trolling the Democrats to "self-gratify" his need for attention - even if it's negative attention. (Or worse, only if it's negative attention. Yuck.)

Does he have a right to run? Of course. Just like Sheriff David Clarke does as a Democrat. But no one is shedding a tear that Clarke isn't speaking at the Dem convention - and Clarke is the odds on favorite to win. (For the record, Clarke isn't a troll, he's in the wrong party - a whole new category.)

What's the difference between a candidate and a troll? Sometimes very little. It's like that famous quote about pornography - you know it when you see it.

Would a run for Governor by Kathleen Vinehout been trolling? No.
Is Jeremy Ryan's run against Paul Ryan trolling? Yes. (But since he's trolling Paul Ryan, we don't care.)

This morning's Cap Times bemoans the loss of small "d" democracy at the Dem convention by excluding Hulsey - while making it perfectly clear he's a crank. It makes us wonder whose fault is that?

The State Democratic Party - who is chartered to get candidates elected? Or Hulsey - who has failed to prove he's really a candidate with ideas worth considering?

We expect Democrats to be fair - but we criticize them for not being fearless (ruthless even) in bringing forth a unified slate of endorsed candidates like the GOP does.

In this instance, you really can't have it both ways.

The Siren moves to her fallback position - don't feed trolls. There are far too many important things to be done than waste time handing a microphone to someone who just wants to hear themselves speak.