These people have nothing in common except their prior irrelevance, obscurity, and a dogged hatred of anything resembling progressive values. But to even call the clown kings of GamerGate “conservatives” is to give them more credit than they’re due; this isn’t political, it’s personal and deeply cynical.

Atop a blob of angry, naive, and alienated youths is this handful of self-promoters who recognize an opportunity to self-promote. The kids of GamerGate think they’ve found heroes and allies, a group of adults who will finally include and respect them. But they’re being made fools of all over again.