Over at Balloon-Juice, the hosts are having a debate amongst themselves as to whether we have reached “Peak Wingnut” — a right wing blogospheric analog to Peak Oil. John Cole thinks that wingnuts have peaked and are in decline as a blowout of historic proportions seems to be shaping up for the conservative movement in the upcoming elections. Meanwhile, TimF suggests, instead, that the online right is about to experience a resurgence and that it’s the online left that has likely peaked.
John’s probably correct short term and Tim is probably correct long term. The right wing bloggers have probably peaked through the election. However, Tim suggests that even if there is a crushing rejection of conservative candidates in 2008, this will only invigorate right wing bloggers. Being in the wilderness will energize and unite them. Instead, if Democrats are in control of all three branches of the federal government, left wing bloggers will become disillusioned and fractured. On the right, you’ll see the return of the black helicopter crowd and Vince Foster conspiracy freaks.