Orc Disses Grover!

Ah, well, it’s Friday afternoon, so time for a little Political News of the Weird, from Maine via The Note:

These days a completely original line of attack in politics is rare- but in a state Senate race in Maine a totally new messaging strategy has emerged as the state’s Republican Party has begun to highlight Democrat candidate Collleen Lachowicz’s Word of Warcraft persona in the campaign.

Lachowicz, a Democratic challenger running for a Republican-held state Senate seat that encompasses the area between Lewiston and Bangor, is a World of Warcraft fan-she’s a level 85 orc in the popular multi-player online role-playing game. Lachowicz’s gaming hobby came to light earlier this week, and Republicans have jumped on it, launching a website called “Colleen’s World” which highlights comments made by Lachowicz’s warcraft alter-ego, Santiaga.

It turns out that Santiaga has said some not-so-nice things about Republicans, including conservative tax icon and promoter of the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” Grover Norquist. Santiaga commented that she “may have to go and hunt down Grover Norquist and drown him in my bath tub.”

Now I’m no gamer (maybe some reader who is can provide a little background here), but for all I know, threatening to drown Grover (an allusion, I am sure, to his famous “Starve the Beast” goal of making government so small “we can drown it in a bath tub”) is perfectly appropriate behavior for a “level 85 orc.” Besides, I’m sure Norquist isn’t offended. I once confronted him on CSPAN after writing a piece that all but called him a traitor, and he seemed flattered by the attention.

In the final analysis, though, Maine Republicans are going to have a hard time making anyone else look offensive or scary so long as they support their fine governor, Paul LePage, who is a level 85 troglodyte by most reckonings.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.