Friday, March 23, 2007

Why Be Nice?

With yesterday's announcement about Elizabeth Edwards, the left side of the blogsphere has been exceedingly disappointed to find that the right has expressed pretty much nothing but good will for her situation. So disappointed, in fact, that they've decided to attack the right anyway:

I hope the good will, the niceties, the prayers for John and Elizabeth Edwards continue. I pray they do. But in a political climate where nastiness and name-calling have become epidemic, I have no reason to believe they will. Neither should John and Elizabeth Edwards. It's only a matter of time before the right-wing blogosphere or Rush Limbaugh start throwing around the "C" word, start smearing Edwards for pursuing his presidential dream while his wife has cancer. Accuse him of exploiting her illness for political gain.

"They haven't done it yet, but they are going to" is the charge. Yesterday, Pandagon leveled the following charge:

If you want to see a level of inhumanity about this matter from The Base, take a trip to Freeperland. I cannot bring myself to link to that filth.

Well, I did take a trip to Freeperland to see what she was talking about. I must note, though, that I *never* go to Free Republic. What did I find? Twenty-four posts, not exactly a hot topic, and the majority expressed positive thoughts for Mrs. Edwards. There were a few negative comments, and the following is, imho, the "worst" of the comments:

If/when she dies, he'll drop out of the race and devote all of his time to suing the doctors and hospital. The breck girl is a low life, scumbag who made his fortune off the backs of other people's sickness and death. I feel bad for his wife, but this cesspool scum is using her illness for his political benefit. He has no morals and is a lying POS.

Obviously, the commenter doesn't care much for John Edwards. In the thread, though there were only a few negative comments. Now, lets compare that with the comments at Huffington Post after the recent "attack" that occurred near Vice President Cheney:

Better luck next time! (TDB)
Dr Evil escapes again ... damn. (truthtopower01)
So Cheney is personally responsible for the deaths of 14 innocent people ... and then he waddles off to lunch!! What a piece of sh--! (fantanfanny)
Jesus Christ and General Jackson too, can't the Taliban do anything right? They must know we would be so gratefull (sic) to them for such a remarkable achievement. (hankster2)
Hey, Thalia, lighten up. I, for one, don't wish Cheny (sic) had been killed. I wish he had been horribly maimed and had to spend the rest of his life hooked to a respirator. Feel better now? (raisarooney)
Let's see ... they're killing him over there so we don't have to kill him over here? (ncjohn)
And they missed!? Oh, Hell. Like Mamma used to say, I guess it's the thought that counts ... (Anachro1)
You can never find a competent suicide bomber when you need one. (Mark701)

According to the TLB ecosystem, Huffington Post ranks at 14th, and Free Republic ranks as 19th. If they both attract a somewhat equal number of readers, and the Cheney thread ran into the hundreds, filled with hateful vindictive, while the Freepers only managed a few measly attacks, what does this say?