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The number of trolls popping up like mushrooms in a cow pasture after the monsoons is celarly a concerted effort.
Colorado Pols is being ‘astro turfed’ in another McCainian plot of desperation.
The source of all knowledge–Wikipedia–notes:
Astroturfing in American English is a neologism for formal public relations campaigns in politics and advertising which seek to create the impression of being spontaneous “grassroots” behavior, hence the reference to the artificial grass, AstroTurf.
The goal of such a campaign is to disguise the efforts of a political or commercial entity as an independent public reaction to some political entity-a politician, political group, product, service or event. Astroturfers attempt to orchestrate the actions of apparently diverse and geographically distributed individuals, by both overt (“outreach”, “awareness”, etc.) and covert (disinformation) means. …Very often the efforts are conducted by political consultants who also specialize in opposition research.
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The plethora of trolls on the site of late has been noted by many. In this case, with Colorado so much in play, I think there is more at work. ColoradoPols is being targeted by political operatives intent on smearing Obama by raising the same set of issues over and over in non-creative ways.
Not only are the troll’s reasoning and discursive skills lacking, but they are not very good at hiding their tracks.
Our own Barron X–no raging liberal, but imminently reasonable and in possession of incredible IP analyzing powers–noted in one comment:
can you explain why 4 new users who registered today within 2 hours of each other
all use the same IP address? Is it like carpooling ?
Like cockroaches a little light sends them scurrying, since they seldom post facts, eschew sound logic, and don’t care to play by the mores that define a blog community.
Unlike cockroaches, however, they probably are neither multiplying nor built for survival. Soon their McCain golf balls will be interesting trivia hanging out in their junk drawer, like my Mondale pin.