As Kayjay put it, “[A]pparently the conservatives even need instructions on how to be rude visitors.” She was referring to the quite stunningly something-or-other How to Handle an Open Thread on Liberal Blogs*, by one Butler Thomas:
Do you suppose he means us? He could always try it himself, and see if he gets the same results.
Liberals, being the lazy sons of guns that they are, often have open threads on their blogs. That way they can keep visitors interested in talking amongst themselves, keeping them on their blogs without having to actually do any work.
The conservatives I grew up with had much better manners than this.
For us conservatives this presents a wonderful opportunity, if we choose to act on it. Remember, anyone is allowed to post on an open thread. There is no determined topic. This is your chance to take control of the blog and direct the flow of conversation the way you want it to go.
Andrew, owning a black leather duster is not enough.
Rule #1: Attack. Hit the liberals where it hurts. This is your time to take control of the debate. Don’t pull any punches. You want them on the defensive the minute you’re there.
(Rolls about on the floor laughing.)
Liberals generally aren’t very quick thinkers, if you hit them hard in the first post they won’t know how to respond.
Rule #2: Attack …
If we’d ever been hit by a rightwing attacker who was capable of that, things might have gotten interesting, by which I mean “interesting.” Usually those guys are aggressive but otherwise very, very dull. They don’t engage, they don’t substantiate, they don’t build on previous discourse, they don’t keep track of their own arguments, and they never respond well to being lampooned in verse.
Just look at ol’ Butler here. There’s far more useful and interesting advice he could be giving people who want to pull off the kind of maneuvers he advocates. Unfortunately, he doesn’t know any of that advice. His one good point is Rule #4:
Quite true. If you join a civil discussion with the intention of disrupting and forcibly subverting it so you can turn it into a venue for your own sloganeering, it’s a good idea to make conversation along the way. This will trick the locals into treating you like a human being, instead of the troll and vandal you really are.
Join in the side chatter. Remember, this is an open thread and there will be discussion that isn’t directly pointed at debate. While you shouldn’t let it sidetrack you from the topic at hand (the topic that you began), joining in non-debate discussion will ingrain you into the community.
What’s funniest is that BT characterizes liberals as being rude when he’s in the middle of writing instructions for behaving like a complete boor. This boy lacks insight into his own condition.
I’d tell him so on his own weblog—okay, what I’d actually post is “Don’t even try it, sucker”if it were possible to do so. Too bad, can’t do ithis weblog is configured to only accept comments from people who have registered Blogger accounts.