Websites Spark 'Baracklash'

Even Obama-lovers put up firewall of online sarcasm
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 23, 2008 3:37 PM CST

(Newser) – The Internet may love Barack Obama—he leads other presidential hopefuls in online fundraising—but some new Obama sites are a tad sarcastic, the Washington Post reports. Sites like and are poking fun at Obamamania even as they partake in it. “It’s a backlash with a small ‘b,’” liberal analyst Peter Leyden said. “A ‘baracklash.’”

Internet writers take pride in being ahead of the culture, Leyden added, so they are pulling back as Obama gets more popular. While some sites are legitimately hostile, most are actually run by supporters. “I didn’t see it as a pro-Obama site or an anti-Obama site,” said the Obama fan behind “I was just trying to be funny.”