4) Defending in your favored candidate what you would attack in the opposition. On the plus side, kudos to those who can make an outrageous twist. When Obama faced criticism over campaign financing, Nightswimmer had his answer ready: "So [Obama] changed his mind. It was a smart move. I hope it won't make John McCain cry—like his first wife did when he dumped her for a young heiress. That's an important vow. Agreeing to negotiate campaign financing is not on that level."
5) Hilariously original references to Repugs, Rethugs, Dummycrats.
6) Shrieking posts at the end of an article about, say, poetry, asking, "[D]on't you care that this election is being stolen?"
7) Posts predicting the end of the world. May produce a nice polite reply: "Then you and your friends can enjoy the Rapture that much sooner."
8) Paranoid posts from those importantly believing that the FBI cares about their political views. Again, a helpful reply can be counted on from fellow posters:
"And now [that you've posted in the Fray], They have your IP address. You'll probably just have time to get your affairs in order before the helicopters arrive." "I can hear the rotors spinning now!"
There was one curious absence: In 2000, every day there would be posts saying some version of: "Slate! Ha! Why don't you change your name to Slant!" Nobody says this any more. We quite miss it. They still say "your an idiot" and "do you get paid by the word?" and "why are you allowed to publish this?" though, so all is not lost.
We should also give a shoutout to all the great posts, intelligent arguments, and engaged writers who come to the Fray. We find what we said back in July: "These are Slate readers: Whatever their politics, 95 percent of them know that they are against racism, stereotypes, and dirty tricks." If you wanted a quick history of the election, you could do worse than look through past Fraywatches for their contributions. For great quotes, we stand by our SuperTuesday Quiz, then go for a quick turn through Hillary's "womanish leisure suits," Michelle Obama's thesis, those fluctuating primaries, and that fist jab. Sorry it's over? Tell us what you'll miss …—MR … 1:30 p.m. GMT
Friday, Oct. 24, 2008
Slate's customer base: "gangstas that want to pimp their lives"? Yes, we, too, were surprised by JonIscream's description, it conjured up such an … unlikely view of you all. The topic was etiquette one way or another: This post referred to the review of a new biography of Emily Post, but etiquette was also at the heart of John Swansburg's piece on other people's birthdays. That article touched a nerve with you gangstas, and it is time to trundle out the Fray Multiple Post summarizer. Birthday reactions divide (with a bit of unmannerly pushing and shoving) into the following categories: