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Can this blog get more clicks than Nita Lowey?
Years ago, when someone wanted to get up on a soapbox, he got on a soapbox.
Today, he gets a Facebook page.
Consider, for example, Can This Grungy Sock Get More Fans Than Nita Lowey, a page that fails miserably in its stated goal to attract more supporters than Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Harrison) but nonetheless receives points for the creativity of its title.
The site doesn't pull punches: “Nita Lowey has been in office for WAY TOO LONG yet nobody can think of anything great that she's accomplished.”
Lowey's spokesman didn't want to dignify the site with a comment. So this political reporter will have to explain something Grungy Sock doesn't seem to understand: In Congress, longevity is an accomplishment.
Lowey is now the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she has served since 1989. She's the first woman to hold that position, which in itself is arguably an accomplishment.
But the bigger achievements would presumably come if the Democrats win the House in 2014 or 2016. Then Lowey would become committee chairwoman and hold sway over the pursestrings of the federal government. New socks for everyone!
Defeat Sean Maloney is of a similar ilk. This Facebook page is a clearinghouse for critics of first-term Rep. Sean Maloney (D-Cold Spring). They allege he doesn't really live in his district, suggest he's not fighting hard enough for funding for West Point, etc. Maloney's people also didn't want to comment.
Of course, the virtual soapbox is a double-edged sword because, while one's voice carries farther across cyberspace, machines now keep an unforgiving tally of who is listening.
Only 60 people like Defeat Sean Maloney, whereas the congressman has 3,977 Facebook friends, as of last count.
And Grungy Socks has 74 likes, while Lowey's Facebook page has 2,402 likes.
Can this grungy sock get more fans than Nita Lowey?
No, it can't.