I’m not at all surprised that dirty tricks would be used in the upcoming U.S. senate race. What shocks me is how banal these efforts have been. Earlier today, the Globe’s political blog posted an item about the Massachusetts Democratic Party calling on Scott Brown to fire members of his staff who have been responsible for various online shenanigans directed against potential Democratic contenders to his seat.
Fake Twitter accounts are really not much newer than Twitter, itself, and the tactic has become little more than a way for anonymous staffers to showcase their lack of talent as joke writers, such as in this gem from @CrazyKhazei, the account intended to humiliate Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Khazei.
Earlier this summer, one of Brown’s staffers, Eric Fehrnstrom began tweeting as @CrazyKhazei, which really did nothing more than reveal Fehrnstrom to be a snotty homophobe with hackneyed barbs that actually make David Bernstein seem funny and original.
I assume that in college, Fehrnstrom was the douche bag that took time out of his busy date-rape schedule to cajole his fellow frat brothers into begrudgingly going out with him at night to set homeless people on fire. Hey it’s all in good fun if no one of importance gets hurt, right?
Fehrnstrom was found out when he accidently tweeted from his @EricFehrn account something that was intended for @CrazyKhazei.
Ultimately, Fehrnstrom would admit his actions to the Boston Globe, writing “Sometimes we take our politics too seriously and this was my way of lightening things up. As they say in politics, if you can’t stand the tweet, get out of the kitchen.”
Brown responded to the news with a half-hearted plea to stop such shenanigans from taking place in his office again. That same day, www.QueenElizabethWarren.com was registered by Robert Willington, an advisor to Brown’s campaign. News that he was responsible for the domain registration broke yesterday on http://www.bluemassgroup.com.
Really, all this proves is that Scott Brown and his staff are a bunch of assholes, but then we already knew that. What little interaction I’ve had with Brown and his media relations staff has left me wondering about the journalistic ethics of hoping I’m in the right place at the right time to get a photo of any of them getting hit by a truck. Preferably one registered in Wrentham.
It’s not like there isn’t enough material to levy personal attacks on Scott Brown, such as when he practically pimped out his two daughters, or the fact that he was a one-time nude model.
Call me crazy, but I think fake Twitter accounts and fake websites are a far cry from previous political shenanigans, such as the George W. Bush campaign spreading the rumor in South Carolina that John McCain has a black baby, or that Barack Obama is a closet Jihadist from Kenya who hates capitalist America.
Scott Brown avoids contact with the general public when he can help it, votes consistently enough with the GOP to hate poor people and just for the sake of Libel, is probably a racist. The fact that he hires assholes to work his campaign is not exactly news.
If you’re going to take a page out of the Yes Men’s playbook, for fuck sake, try to actually be funny.