As comically absurd as the entire conversation is, I feel somehow obligated to respond to this nonsense emanating from (where else?) the Crazy Train and their bloggy minions, seeing as I'm literally setting up a D&D game as we speak (Spelljammer, as the kids say, is full of win). Setting aside all the obligatory and well-deserved FU's to Michael Goldfarb and Ace of Choads, does no one else find it grossly hypocritical of these d'bags to bash a group of hobbyists while having themselves clearly played enough of the hobby to be conversant in the jargon?
Or are we supposed to let that slide because being a conservative political blogger is so hip?
It's so typical of conservative behavior in any case. Take a small, defenseless group and hold them up for scapegoating and ridicule by everyone else. It's in their electoral strategy, their rhetoric, their foreign policy, even in their sense of humor. It's always about kicking around the little guys, be they D&D players or hippies or immigrants or atheists.
It's no surprise, either, that this trip originates with the John McCain campaign. He is an especially petty and cruel conservative, as we've seen in many of his comments about hippies or Obama supporters or bloggers or, well, Mitt Romney while he was being mugged at that last debate.
And in response to some of the comments, I'd like to point out that an Obama/Drizzt Do'Urden ticket would be a little, shall we say, ethnic. Similarly, Alustriel of Silverymoon would look like a mere Hillary substitution and Elminster never struck me as a guy who would do administrating well. He would be much better suited with a wizened, hard-nosed national security type like Bruenor Battlehammer. He even has executive experience!