As I wrote yesterday, I can often tell just from checking the spam filter when we’ve been linked by a left-wing site; the number of hate comments increases. And on occasion, when a conservative blog links us, we’ll see a slight uptick in the number of nasty comments from social conservatives. (The last I counted the hate e-mails I receive, the former outnumbered the latter by a margin of about 19 to 1.)
There seems to be a link between gay conservatives gaining attention in the blogosphere and our volume of mean-spirited commentary.
This all caused me to wonder if maybe Richard Grenell experienced the same sort of thing, an increase in the volume of hate mail from angry left-wing gays and extreme social conservatives, hence his observation that “my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished by the hyper-partisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign.”
Just a hunch, but one rooted in our experiences as gay conservative bloggers.