This is from a post by Dan Gerstein made earlier today on the Joe2006 website:
State of the Blog, Part 2CORRECTION: You don't know they are Lamont supporters, do you Dan?
We wanted to alert our readers that as of this morning we are removing the comment feature from our blog.
The reason behind this decision will be obvious to any one who has spent time reading the barrage of ugly, insulting and hateful comments that some Lamont supporters have been posting by the hundreds.
You don't have to be a Lamont supporter to hate Joe Lieberman's stupid and destructive politics.
We knew we were taking a risk by not moderating or censoring the comments section. But it was our hope to provide an open, engaging forum, even if it meant tolerating a fair amount of criticism from our opponents.AGAIN, do you realize that hating Joe's wasteful policies doesn't a Lamont supporter make? When are you going to get that through your head, Dan?
When we saw the disturbing direction most of the Lamont supporters were heading after the first two days, we posted an appeal for them to tone it down -- to show some respect for the fact that we were allowing them to make their voice heard on our site, to stop with the personal attacks on Senator Lieberman and our staff, and to stop posting under our staff member's names.
Then again...all your constant harping on that lie makes me wonder if perhaps some, if not most, of those comments weren't posted by Lieberman operatives in order to allow you to play the "hate card"? Your refusal to use the most basic requirement to register to comment on your blog eliminates any pesky "net tracks" that may embarrass the people commenting.
Karl Rove has contacted Joe's people. That's a fact. I guess it's possible he faxed you guys a few pages out of his vile playbook.
[...]Fine. I'm sure Tim accepts your apology. Or, maybe he doesn't, if he reads the following:
As a result, we felt we had no choice but to end this experiment and remove what had become nothing more than a destructive distraction.
We in no way blame the Lamont campaign itself for this turn of events. The Lamont campaign blog did discourage its supporters from posting insulting or hateful comments when our blog went live. And just last night we received a thoughtful email from Lamont’s Internet communications director, Tim Tagaris,
condemning the personal attacks littering our comments section and expressing his disappointment at the behavior of some of the people doing the posting.reiterating that the Lamont campaign had nothing to do with the offensive and personal comments. [Note: We misunderstood Tim's email and we apologize for this misunderstanding.]
That is much appreciated, and we certainly take Tim at his word.
Speaking of taking people at their words, here is a representative sampling (UPDATE 2:12 PM: Added disclaimer to pdf) of the offensive comments that were posted this week. We will leave it to our readers to judge for themselves what they say about Lamont's supporters and the Lamont campaign itself.Are you JOKING? Just two paragraphs above, you said, "We in no way blame the Lamont campaign itself for this turn of events."
And THEN you follow that with: "We will leave it to our readers to judge for themselves what they say about Lamont's supporters and the Lamont campaign itself."
So Dan, which is it? Are you saying the Lamont campaign is responsible for this, or not?
Because, to me, it sounds like you're talking out of both sides of your mouth.
...and we're not going to let you get away with that.
UPDATE: Holy shit! Dan's "Greatest Hits from Joe's Blog" .pdf file may be the most insightful glimpse into the mind of Gerstein that has ever been posted anywhere!
This is a virtual gold mine of funny (and sometimes scatological) anti-Joe posts; a few pro-Joe comments labeled "naughty"; and several pages of explicit services performed by...er, "companionship consultants", some might consider them, that are informative and completely apropos of nothing.
While Dan tries to make a point with this 15-page .pdf file, after a couple of pages it just gets funny...and then funnier!
Dan, while I mourn the loss of the blog's comments (and I correctly predicted their demise as taking between 5 and 6 days; I only wish I'd started a betting pool!), your preservation of the best of the Joe's blog comments is admirable.
I thank you, Dan...and posterity thanks you.