Can’t stand a "(Conservative)" member of Congress and desperately want him or her out of office? There’s a blog for that.
For many members, there are blogs or websites solely dedicated to making them look bad, designed to highlight all their foibles and offer news and commentary aimed at portraying them as unfavorably as possible.
With names like Where’s Eric Cantor?, MyCongressmanIsNuts.com, and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, these hater websites are proliferating on the Internet, providing aggrieved constituents and local activists with the opportunity to vent, usually anonymously, and offer an unvarnished partisan take on an incumbent’s performance.
For the most part, the blogs are grass-roots, citizen-driven enterprises — in other words, they are different from another species of derogatory websites that are created and maintained by national party organizations or competing candidates during the course of a campaign.
While the sophistication of the design and quality of content varies widely, there’s one common denominator: The bloggers who run them are committed to taking down their targets.
Consider Where’s Eric Cantor?, published by Bradley Herring, a 30-year-old video editor for the liberal group Media Matters who tries to spend time nearly every day commenting on — or more precisely, disparaging — Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
A sampling of recent posts includes references to Cantor as a “noted partisan hack and corrupt politician,” “a preening little twerp” and a “zombie liar.”
After launching the blog in 2007, Herring says, his site has worked its way into becoming one of the top 10 entries in a Google search of the House minority whip’s name.
“After Sept. 11, ... I saw my home representative leading the charge in the disastrous policies of the Bush administration and serving as his loyal lieutenant in the House,” said Herring, who recently moved out of Cantor’s district but still maintains the blog.
“Cantor’s biggest fault was how out of touch with his district he had become, spending so little time with his constituents and so much time raising money for other Republicans. Hence the name Where’s Eric Cantor?”
Cantor, it turns out, is one of numerous House Republicans tracked by a hostile blog. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is on the trail of Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.).
RubberstampRoskam.com monitors Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). Other sites include DumpBachmann.com, a clearinghouse on Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), and
The Idiot Factor: Todd Tiahrt’s Folly, a blog that’s been hammering Rep. Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.) for four years.