Local far-right millionaire launches foamer website

Most people think of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley as a hotbed of progressivism, or at least liberalism — for example, this SF Chronicle story from last week, Obama gains early Silicon Valley support, and in 2004, CNet published a story about local Republicans called Piercing a Silicon Valley stereotype — but there have always been plenty of Republicans here: look at this long list of CEOs who donated to the 2004 Bush campaign and this other article about tech execs who supported Bush, including Cisco’s John Chambers, eBay’s Meg Whitman and Yahoo’s Terry Semel. (Think about it: it’s one thing to have supported Bush in 2000, but after two years of quagmire in Iraq? What were they thinking?)

Now a man who made millions off PayPal, someone named Rod Martin, has put his money into a rabble-rousing far-right website that aims to be the MoveOn.org of the right: TheVanguard.org.

Want to see what kind of person will be posting on TheVanguard.org? Look no further than this entry on Rod Martin’s personal blog: He is very excited to have just hired “my friend Jerry Corsi — co-author of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.” I didn’t look any further at TheVanguard.org after I saw that — I think it says it all. But feel free to judge for yourself.

On the topic of PalPal’s graduates, this Valleywag post is interesting.

4 Comments so far

  1. Aaron B. Hockley (unregistered) on January 30th, 2007 @ 9:53 pm

    “Think about it: it’s one thing to have supported Bush in 2000, but after two years of quagmire in Iraq? What were they thinking?”

    Probably the same thing as a majority of the voters in this country…

  2. dln (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    Funny how they chose vanguard.org… No similarity with National Vanguard at all. Freaky stuff.

  3. saneinsf (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 6:42 am

    Gee. One person and now the whole Bay Area is *not* a hotbed of liberals and progressives?

    Actually, perish the thought — maybe when people make money, they understand how much government doesn’t really do much with all the taxes they pay.

  4. pundit (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2007 @ 9:48 am

    From Martin’s bio:
    “He lives on Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast with his wife Sherri, with whom he dotes on their three beloved children.”

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