Stone of Remembrance

August 20, 2008

A Constituency Heard From

Filed under: Commentary — admin @ 14:42

My gaming buddy Constantine von Hoffman, who describes himself as “a sometime journalist, alleged humorist and social media maven”, has an amusing blog that recently picked up on a swipe made by the McCainites against the Obamoids.

He writes:

I’ve tried to be bipartisan in both my support and bashing of the two presidential contenders but Sen. McCain has just crossed the line. His campaign is trying to say that playing Dungeons & Dragons is a BAD THING!!!

He then quotes the offensive comment –

It may be typical of the pro-Obama Dungeons & Dragons crowd to disparage a fellow countryman’s memory of war from the comfort of mom’s basement, but most Americans have the humility and gratitude to respect and learn from the memories of men who suffered on behalf of others.

which first appeared here, on the McCain web site. And – in another nice catch – Constantine points at this earlier comment by the same author, also insulting D&D.

Well, there’s an apology of course, and then responses . . . go look at the Collateral Damage article, as it’s very well summarized. But this comment thread is worth following up, as it’s hilarious.

So, one wonders what awakening this core constituency might mean for the competing candidates. I go to a number of science-fiction conventions and gaming events every year (and rarely let myself get drawn on politics, though I am always at pains to be polite and respectful to those who have worn or are wearing our nation’s uniform): there are people of every political stripe there. Is this a sleeping giant waiting to be awoken? And what will be the consequence?

I guess it depends on whether they’re real men, real roleplayers, loonies or munchkins. If munchkins, of course, they’ll just vote for whoever gives the most plusses.

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