Messages on the Burleith listserv are generally constrained to the topics of handy men, lost pets, and yard sales, one member, Paul Diego Craney, has decided it’s his duty to up his neighbors’ political awareness.
Craney, the Executive Director of the D.C. Republican Committee (a.k.a. the saddest committee in the whole city), has posted threads like “RNC Chairman and DC native Michel Steele Challenges Obama” and “DC Council Passes New $9.5 Million Dollar Bag Tax.”
When he posted a rant about D.C. Councilmembers salaries being too high this Monday, a fellow listserver had had enough, and replied:
My suggestion Mr. Craney is that you consider using a more approriate forum than our local community list serve to advance the ill-conceived notions of the Republican Party, which, thankfully, enjoy little traction in D.C ….
We agree that there are serious financial challenges facing the District — this is not unlike other cities and states in America — but I’m confident the Republican Party’s tedious rant that all politicians are paid too much and all taxes are bad … are not the reasoned, responsible and long-term solutions we need.
This prompted a flurry of other responses, some chiming in with their own political views, but most were just angry that the listserv was devolving into a poor impression of the Huffington Post comments thread.
Luckily, things seem to be dying down. Earlier today someone else on the listserv replied with this discussion-ender:
Would the adversaries please get a room? … Can anyone report a lost dog, to get back to normal?
Amen to that.
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