Still waiting for the Rightroots movement, cont'd

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At Huffington Post, Brandon Friedman examines conservatives' still-fledgling attempt to get an online movement off the ground:

I'm not a psychologist, but this is really fascinating if you put it all together: It appears that distraught conservative pundits and bloggers are actually in the midst of collectively retreating into the world of fantasy as a psychological defense mechanism. Let's take a look at three recent exhibits that illustrate what I'm talking about.

The three are RedState's creation of the creepy sounding Red Army Strike Force, complete with its let's-play-Army logo, the online embrace of 24's Jack Bauer (pssst bloggers, he's not a real guy), and Joe the Plumber's turn as a war correspondent (pssst, he's not a real journalist.)

Friedman accurately concludes about the GOP bloggers:

They're actively choosing not to participate in the reality that is present-day America, instead opting to fall back on the comforting, familiar images of handymen and handsome actors on their television sets.

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