In Maine, Republicans have attacked a state Senate candidate with an unfair and stunningly silly accusation devised by fools for consumption by the gullible, ignorant and confused. Fortunately, such an attack comes with its own punishment, for it constitutes a smoking gun that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the Maine Republican Party is not only run by dolts, but dolts who never made it into the 21st Century.
Imagine: in a campaign mailing this week, Maine Republicans accused Democratic state Senate candidate Colleen Lachowicz of making “crude, vicious and violent comments” and living in a fantasy world because she plays the fantasy role-playing game World of Warcraft, and comments in online forums dedicated to the popular online pastime.”We need a senator who lives in our world, not Colleen’s world,” the mailing says.
A GOP website also links to Lachowicz’s online avatar, the female Orc Santiaga, who is green, has pointy ears, wears a purple Mohawk and fights foes using a meteor shard. The site suggests that there is something sinister and weird about the fact that the Democrat plays a game that takes place “make-believe land Azeroth” and that Lachowicz is good at her hobby, “playing at level 85 — the highest level one can attain.”
Wow. Just…wow. I thought Republican and former U.S. Senator from Virginia (and running to regain his seat in 2012) George Allen had hit rock bottom with this sort of thing in 2008, when his campaign used steamy passages from opponent James Webb’s best-selling novels to attack Webb’s character—Webb, the most decorated Marine in the Vietnam war and a bona fide straight-arrow and hero if there ever was one. Allen’s slimy technique pales in unfairness and stupidity, however, to the Maine GOP claim that the computer, video, role-playing and online games a candidate engages in for fun and relaxation reflects their real life values and character. Does playing chess, which is just an earlier, low-tech battle game, suggest that devotees secretly want to kill bishops and queens? Does playing poker prove that one is a liar? Does playing Monopoly indicate that I endorse predatory business practices? Does playing Risk mean that you harbor a desire to conquer the world?
The Republicans who could send such a mailing don’t realize what it says about them: that it is they who don’t live in 21st Century America, that they are frightened and confused by new technology and its innovations in communication and amusement, and that they are not intellectually curious or smart enough to know just how out-of-touch they are.
Graphic: The Bubble