Mar 13, 2009
Blogger's Bitch Slap Bennett
This posting might go down in local blogosphere history as a lesson on how to offend almost everyone at once. For those concerned with sexism or any ism, let me confess to sensationalizing the title. Now another confession, I have a soft spot for the underdog, not that Sam Bennett is one, outside of the blogosphere. But here, where blogspot.com lets us present ego and opinion as knowledge, Sam took a beating. Bernie O'Hare, acknowledged Pope of the local bloggers, dissected Bennett for not knowing the UnderSecretary of State in Pakistan. Pam Varkony, important in multiple spheres of influence, can barely hide her distain for Sam. Chris Casey, recently reasserting himself in the blogosphere, vacillated between praising and ridiculing her; and of course the vast army of anonymous belittlers had a picnic at Bennet's expense. Recently, at breakfast, a longtime Bennett supporter made some compelling observations. Bennett was hired for her new job in Washington,President of the Women's Campaign Forum, because of her accomplishments. She managed to beat Charlie Dent in Allentown almost two to one. ( yes, I know about the registration advantage, but Dent is a household name). This supporter also made another very interesting claim; that Bennett was instrumental in getting the vote out in 2005 for Pawlowski. He wondered aloud how much Pawlowski would be hurt with her away, in Washington on the new job, come November. Why Sam gets slapped around here so much in blogtown, I'm not sure. I hear there are some people who just happen to rub everyone the wrong way, but I wouldn't know much about that.