Tuesday, August 19, 2008

McCain campaign hates gamers (UPDATED)

A big "fuck you" to from Internal Monologue to the McCain campaign: Michael Goldfarb, posting on McCain's website, has decided that "Dungeons & Dragons" is a fair term of abuse to use against Obama supporters:
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. John McCain has often said he witnessed a thousand acts of bravery while he was imprisoned, and though not every one has been submitted into the public record, they are remembered by the men who were there (one such only recently reported by Karl Rove though it escaped mention in any of Senator McCain's books). But as Swindle said, this is a "desperate group of people trying to make something out of nothing."
Emphasis added. What an insult. The day after GenCon (the world's biggest Dungeons & Dragons convention) ended, no less. Well guess what Michael Goldfarb, this Dungeons & Dragons
playing Obama supporter is making a contribution to Obama's campaign based solely on your gratuitous insult to my hobby. And I'm posting this to every frickin' gaming forum of which I'm a member.

I've posted at Maxminis. There's already a thread over at Wizards of the Coast.

UPDATE: Michael Goldfarb has apologized. Quite nicely, too:
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.
HT: Mad Latinist in the comments. We can tell that the McCain campaign is familiar with 4th Edition D&D, as they use the 4th edition ordering of the six ability scores.

2 Comments:

OpenID jdm314 said...

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0808/Goldfarb_keeps_experience_points.html#comments

7:09 PM, August 19, 2008  
Blogger Bryan Hitchcock said...

Hi. I followed your link from the D&D forum. You've got it spot on. I don't think the McCain campaign has a clue what they are doing. I didn't think that D&D had enough name recognition anymore to be an effective put-down. Not to mention, that gamers come from a huge variety of backgrounds and political affiliations. Maybe such a disorganized interest group that people feel they can bag on us without any blowback. Whatever.

I'm just going to do whatever I can to help make sure Obama wins in November, and then keep the pressure on him so that the US can get back on the legal and moral track that we need to be on. I don't think he's the messiah, I just think he's the best candidate we've had in many years.

Peace,
Bryan

12:33 AM, August 20, 2008  

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