Published Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008 | 3:16 p.m.
Updated Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008 | 10:15 a.m.
Sun Expanded Coverage
(The Sun has gone on the road to listen to voters and talk to political leaders around the West. Reporters will examine the economic, cultural and demographic forces re-shaping the region as they drive to Denver for the first of the two major party conventions the Sun will cover.)
ALBUQUERQUE -- A quick interlude from politics and the Intermountain West.
The McCain campaign's schoolyard taunt to blogosphere liberals, equating them with Dungeons & Dragons players and making fun of the D&D world in the offing, was funny but also foolish. As someone who played Dungeons & Dragons a bit as a kid, I can tell you McCain blogger Michael Goldfarb was like some Ogre, with no broad sword, who has an 8 Intelligence, suddenly thinking he's a Cleric with an intelligence of 18 and can match wits. What was really surprising was that the McCain camp seemed surprised that the D&D crowd expressed outrage. I mean, if ever there were an Internet community that would feel comfortable firing anonymous online arrows, it would be the D&D crowd.
Goldfarb wrote a funny response:
"If my comments caused any harm or hurt to the hard working Americans who play Dungeons & Dragons, I apologize. This campaign is committed to increasing the strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence, wisdom, and charisma scores of every American."
So maybe McCain wins the crucial D&D electorate anyway.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, do a Google.