I’ve noticed it already, right after last night’s election was understood to be truly lost. On the message boards and the comments sections of many blogs, two types of commenters started to proliferate: those on the right who were lashing out in rage at the loss, blaming Mitt Romney, their fellow conservatives, election fraud, Karl Rove, you name it. And then there were the mocking Obama supporters, come to crow about their victory and taunt and tweak and insult the grieving conservatives.
No surprise, really. The internet can be a nasty place, with a lot of free-flowing anger. I well remember the trolls of the left who visited blogs on the right in 2008, spiking the ball and celebrating in a mean-spirited way, like jackals or vultures feasting on the bodies.
I don’t frequent enough left-wing blogs to know whether their equivalent on the right comes to taunt the left in years of defeat, such as 2004 or 2010. But I do know that those on the right who are tearing each other apart in their agony over what happened last night should find a way to cease and desist.
Maybe that’s impossible. Maybe human nature just doesn’t allow it. Maybe they need to vent. But taking it out on each other is exactly what the left wants, and it can only weaken and splinter the right. We’re weak and splintered enough right now without doing more damage to each other.