This was one of the better Twitter hashtag wars in a while, because lefties actually laid a few stinging jabs this time around. (Mainly because ignorant people aren’t confined to one single ideology.)
Usually, the battle begins like this: “progressives” offer up some fawning tribute to Dear Leader and right-wingers hijack it. Otherwise, bored conservatives are so baffled by some new Bidenism or self-writing Obama punchline that they launch some hashtag to ridicule it. (Come on, Alinsky organizer Obama never mocked anyone? Really?)
The latter is the case with #LowInformationVoterThoughts — it was initiated by conservatives. The socialism-parody site The People’s Cube captured many of the best lines in the graphic above, and I happened to stumble in on the back end of it. A few choice selections are below:
#LowInformationVoterThoughts Politicians are good people and know best how to run my life than anybody.
— Kay Strother (@BornOnTheBayou9) January 7, 2013
#LowInformationVoterThoughtsI love watching the Daily Show because Jon Stewart makes fun of both democrats and republicans.
— RepublicanChrisRock (@spiritof1973) January 7, 2013
— Fred Wimpy (@fredwimpy) January 7, 2013
— Flop21 (@flopress) January 6, 2013
Mitt Romney hates cookies, Big Bird and dogs & takes money baths in dollar bills soaked in human blood #LowInformationVoterThoughts
— K.N.A.B. (@rogue1776) January 6, 2013
There was some pushback on the right against this hashtag by conservative pundit @jimmiebjr, who wrote an article “#LowInformationVoterThoughts: A Hashtag Game that Helps the Left.” It gives some background on the left’s use of the epithet, which has been reintroduced by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh in an attempt to spin it back at the left-wing.
The problem with rebutting that most voters are “average” or better is that it doesn’t describe the issue in the tag — information. It can pretty fairly be argued that the typical voter in both parties is “low-information,” and that includes Obama voters.
It’s thus a scratch at worse, which is an improvement over the lazy assumption that conservatives are the only people who are ignorant while “progressives” are information-savvy paragons of political insight. That’s simply not the case: most “progressives” are willfully oblivious of basic economics and history.
Follow Kyle Becker on Twitter @rogue1776.