I was going to lay low on political stuff until after the election, this being the week where the usual hysteria becomes even more frenzied, but I feel compelled to weigh in on the sleaze job done to Christine O'Donnell yesterday. I haven't paid all that much attention to the race because I don't live in Delaware and therefore am not compelled to choose between two candidates I don't particularly like. But yesterday Gawker posted a story from a guy named Dustin Dominiak that really crossed the line. It is easily the sleaziest hit piece I've seen against a politician in a long, long, time.
Apparently this Dustin Dominiak had an intimate encounter with Christine O'Donnell three years ago and he sold his story about that for a "low four figures" to Gawker. No, I'm not going to link it, it's easy enough to find if that's what you want. He thought he could do all of this anonymously, but it took The Smoking Gun less than a day to out him. Serves him right, the dirtbag.
If I lived in Delaware I would vote for O'Donnell now just to piss off the people who think this stuff is fine and dandy.
So what has Dustin Dominiak gotten besides his few thousands of dollars?
Well, first and foremost, at the young age of 28 he has managed to forever associate his name with the word dirtbag on the Internet. Other associations with Dustin Dominiak that are probably being created even as we speak could be cad, fool, scumbag, creep, coward, dishonorable twit, idiot, etc. That ought to come in real handy the next time a prospective employer or date googles his name. Good work, Dustin Dominiak dirtbag.
There's also the possibility that O'Donnell will win now and then Dustin Dominiak could be immortalized as the new term for backfire. Wouldn't that be great? "That hit piece on his opponent really Dustin Dominiaked on him, didn't it?" Hahaha.
Finally, of course, there's the bit about her not being part of the waxing trend, which "was a big turnoff," revealing Dustin Dominiak to be nothing more than a man-child who can't handle a woman in her natural state. That's sure to help you with the ladies too, Dustin Dominiak dirtbag. Oh, and calling a non-intercourse encounter a "one night stand" is really, really, lame.
Let's not forget about the role of the Lord of the Dirtbags here, Nick Denton, and his chief assistant dirtbag, Gawker editor Remy Stern. I don't believe it's possible to shame them, so the only thing you can do is deny them the one thing they lust after: your web traffic.
It's easy enough to do if you use Chrome or Firefox as a browser. I use Chrome and all you need to do for that is install the SiteBlock extension then go to tools, extensions, siteblock, and add this handy list of Gawker Media websites:
Do that, and presto, you will never accidentally give Nick Denton's dirtbag empire a single hit. I included all of the ones listed on Wikipedia and not just gawker.com because I think that anyone or anything that willingly associates with Nick Denton is a dirtbag. If you need the Firefox version you can get the instructions for that here.
I hesitate to join in on a digital lynch mob, but this is just too much as far as I'm concerned. If Dustin Dominiak wakes up and apologizes that will be one thing, but so far he is stonewalling and that just doesn't cut it. He deserves every bit of flak that is hurled in his direction unless and until he apologizes.