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The Party of Hate

Earlier this week, we conservatives were treated to lectures by the mainstream media about how angry we had become.  I wonder if, in the past eight years, those same pundits had lectured Democrats and their blogging allies for the venom they spewed against George W. Bush and the GOP.

Michelle Malkin provides a few examples of that hate.  I could provide more just by searching through my saved incoming e-mail or by highlighting a few comments to this blog.  Will Paul Krugman wonder if these liberals have been “gripped by insane rage“?  Will Frank Rich fault their “violent escalation of rhetoric“?

Or will they even bother to note as John Leo has, that these allegations of Republican rage are based on angry outbursts by a handful (if that) of extremists at very large rallies?  As Mary Katharine Ham (who attended a recent McCain-Palin rally) put it:

But the liberal media, which has at times ignored and at times applauded as high art the assassination fetishism of the last eight years on the Left, is now projecting it onto all McCain-Palin supporters, using several outbursts and one decidedly misinterpreted “kill him” as their hook.

Best case, they’re betraying a deep misunderstanding of conservatives. In the worst cases, a deep desire to think and broadcast the worst about them, even when it’s unrepresentative or untrue.

While such self-righteous columnists as Krugman, Rich and Dana Milbank pontificate against allegedly angry Republicans, we keep uncovering more examples showing how Bush-hatred has morphed into McCain bashing and Palin derangement. We read of yard signs stolen vandalized, others burned, Molotov cocktails thrown, GOP headquarters attacked, not to mention the vicious comments on left-wing blogs and T-shirts.

And yet, none of those things seem to bother Krugman, Milbank, Rich and their MSM allies as much as a handful of angry Republicans at a McCain rally.  If just one Republican says something nasty and crazy at a McCain rally and it becomes a cause of national concern, causing Michael Barone to observe:

A standard meme of mainstream media last week was that John McCain crowds were seething with hate—based on the responses of one or two people in the crowd. That’s in line with mainstream media journalists’ stereotype of right wingers: They’re all haters. But you can find at least as much seething, and I suspect more, on the left. Obama supporters have planned to lob molotov cocktails at McCain events, for example.

What accounts for this hatred, this anger which seems to have become a defining aspect of one large segment of the left these past few years? And what accounts for the MSM’s relative silence on the topic when they’re quick to find a trend of Republican rage from a handful of angry activists at a Republican rally?

The MSM seems to have forgotten that all the Democratic presidential candidates save Joe Biden and Dennis Kucinich, attended last year’s Presidential Forum of the DailyKos, a far-left web-site which daily spews venom against the GOP, angry rhetoric which makes the comments at recent Republican rallies seem pale by comparison.

UPDATE: Media Selectively Outraged by Campaign ‘Hate’



  1. Think of it this way. When you read an appallingly ignorant comment posted to your blog by some troll accusing Republicans of being N-a-z-i-s, or bigots, or racists, or homophobes… you aren’t just reading the thoughts of one troll, you’re reading what is conventional wisdom to the elites in the MSM. The MSM is made up of urban elites who have no conservative friends, who don’t attend church, who view everything outside the coastal corridor as some strange, primitive foreign country, and who naturally believe in their own caricatures of Republicans.

    And since it’s okay to hate bigots and N-a-z-i-s, the MSM doesn’t see any point in making a big deal out of it. You and I see the DailyKos as a bunch of seething deranged nutjobs. To the MSM, DailyKos is their mainstream.

    Comment by V the K — October 14, 2008 @ 8:57 pm - October 14, 2008

  2. What accounts for this hatred, this anger which seems to have become a defining aspect of one large segment of the left these past few years?

    Projection – this is how the left has been behaving for 8 years now, but they won’t admit it.

    And what accounts for the MSM’s relative silence

    MSM has thrown everything into their own power of being able to elect the next President of the United States. Of course they will do everything in their power – and beyond to smear, demean and cause the other side to fail.
    Sad thing is, they might succeed.

    Comment by Leah — October 14, 2008 @ 9:00 pm - October 14, 2008

  3. So Conservative is the new gay? Schweet.

    I’m reminded of that scene in Barton Fink where Fink has identified his next-door neighbor as ‘Mad-man Munt’. The poor fellow, Munt, sits down and bemoans that if its not his weight then it’s his personality. He says something like “I’m not mad at anybody!” This is, of course, after he has set the hotel on fire and gunned down two detectives.

    Not so much a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but one of completely and utterly missing the point in favour of a soothing us-vs-them narrative.

    Don’t worry though, when Democrat Gray-shirts start goose-stepping through your town, they’ll know you’re gay and the true elect of our great Socialist experiment. 😉

    Comment by Nurglitch — October 14, 2008 @ 9:54 pm - October 14, 2008

  4. Damn straight I’m mad.

    I’m furious that Barack Obama is poised to possibly become the first Affirmative Action president in history. And yes, he will be the Affirmative Action President. There isn’t a chance in hell he could get elected if the press were doing their job instead of propagandizing for him, carrying his water and covering for him.

    I’m furious that McCain is running an utterly inept, floundering, directionless campaign.

    I’m furious that the GOP is nowhere to be seen or heard when an economic disaster caused by Democrat policies, cronyism, and corruption COULD have swept Republicans back into office.

    I’m furious that the biggest, sleaziest liars ever to walk the Earth may be rewarded with even more power, for the most treasonous, repugnant, sleazy lying behavior I have witnessed in my entire life.

    And quite frankly, Im furious at President Bush. None of this would be in danger of happening if the man had defended himself, even a half-assed defense, against Democrats ceaseless barrage of lies.

    Comment by American Elephant — October 14, 2008 @ 11:57 pm - October 14, 2008

  5. Will they applaud this example of liberal “compassion” and “tolerance”?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 15, 2008 @ 1:06 am - October 15, 2008

  6. You’re still defending Bush, despite the fact that his complete incompetence is readying to deliver outright dominance of the federal government to the Democrats? The situation for the Republicans has gotten so bad, that they now talk of the prospect of losing just 6 Senate seats as a victory!

    George W. Bush has destroyed your party. And you’re not mad?

    Comment by Erik — October 15, 2008 @ 2:36 am - October 15, 2008

  7. #6: “George W. Bush has destroyed your party. And you’re not mad?”

    Erik, Bush made plenty of mistakes, but he never faltered when it came to his resolve in defending this country against Islamic psychotics. The fact that there has not been another terrorist attack on U.S. soil in 7 years is because of the courageous decisions he made as the leader of the free world and that will secure his legacy. The fact that his decisions were unpopular may have “hurt” the party, but that’s fine because unlike liberals, conservatives put their country before their chosen political party. Like McCain has said, he’d rather lose an election and win a war. For liberals, it’s the other way around.

    Comment by Sean A — October 15, 2008 @ 3:18 am - October 15, 2008

  8. George W. Bush has destroyed your party. And you’re not mad?

    The liberals are kicking each other’s asses to hand elections to the Republicans and you’re not mad? The American people are finding out what a fraud Comrade Barack HUSSEIN Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhbama is and you’re not mad?

    The liberals colossaly FUCK UP the economy, blame everybody else they can find and adamently REFUSE to really investigate it and you’re not mad? Liberals are working to steal the election, even though Comrad Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhbama’s win is supposedly a foregon conclusion, and you’re not mad? Comrade Uhhhhhhhhhhhhbama tells you to your face that he’s going to ship even MORE jobs overseas that your sweet Lord BJ did, and you’re not mad? Comrade Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhbama promises to gut your retirement and/or raise prices on you supposedly to screw the rich, and you’re not mad? He has no idea how many states comprise this country and you’re not mad? He wants you to pay for “breathalyzers” for everybody and you’re not mad? He trashes anybody who dares not genuflect before him as “racist” and you’re not mad? He’s invested in the defeat of the United States and you’re not mad? He participated in the housing mess and you’re not mad? He benefitted financially from a slum lord who forced poor blacks to freeze and you’re not mad?

    His entire campaign is based on “America SUCKS ASS!!!!” and you’re not mad?

    Tell me, what WILL make you mad?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 15, 2008 @ 4:34 am - October 15, 2008

  9. Not to mention the fact that he’ll give Ahmadouchebag the time of day, but won’t piss on gays, apparently, and you’re not mad?

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 15, 2008 @ 4:35 am - October 15, 2008

  10. Sean A., yes, it’s great that President Bush has effectively defended us against the terrorists, but he also had a responsibility to vigorously EXPLAIN his policies and actions, and there he failed miserably.

    I’ve tried–hard–to attribute this to his ingrained civility, but I can’t ignore his naivete. Remember, he thought he could actually work WITH the Democrats. His unwillingness to answer their baseless allegations with vigorous argument (as Bill Clinton ALWAYS did) has cost his approval rating and the Republican party dearly. (His inability to find his veto pen for 6 years didn’t help much, either.)

    Civility in the face of mindless rage and loud, baseless and constant accusations does NOT = courage. He’s not even responding to the constant accusations that this economic crisis is caused by “the failed economic policies of the Bush administration,” even when the facts show that is the opposite of the truth. He should have, for 7+ years, defended himself and his party against all lies.

    And we may pay for it in the upcoming election.

    Comment by Polly — October 15, 2008 @ 10:57 am - October 15, 2008

  11. BREAKING NEWS: VP Cheney is going in for treatment of some heart problems. Certainly, there will be no one wishing for his death on Kos, DU, or HuffPo. Because deranged hatred on the left is just “mythical.”

    Comment by V the K — October 15, 2008 @ 11:03 am - October 15, 2008

  12. #10: Polly, I absolutely, 100%, totally and completely agree with you.

    Comment by Sean A — October 15, 2008 @ 11:34 am - October 15, 2008

  13. #10 Me to.






    Even worse than Jimmy Carter!

    Comment by sonicfrog — October 15, 2008 @ 12:10 pm - October 15, 2008

  14. This past week a Democrat friend of mine expressed deep concern about the tone of speech coming from Republican rallies. Oddly, I’ve heard that same friend on many occasions stand up and deliver hate-filled, profanity-laced “speeches” about Bush. Recently, I’ve begun pointing out the double-standard. After their “tantrums,” I simply ask, “Dude, when did you become a hater?” Wait for their excuse, then say, “Dude, hate is hate” and say nothing more. It works well because they honestly don’t see themselves as haters and it disturbs them (ever so slightly) that they are being viewed that way.

    Comment by MikeInSedona — October 15, 2008 @ 1:52 pm - October 15, 2008

  15. Bush made plenty of mistakes, but he never faltered when it came to his resolve in defending this country against Islamic psychotics.

    7 years on after September 11th, and the two men primarily responsible for September 11th, Osama bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leaders of Al Qaeda, are still alive, still plotting and still at-large. That is a HUGE FAILURE. If that sort of failure had occured on a Democrats watch, this blog, along with the RNC and others, would have a ginormous clock on the front page counting the amount of time since September 11th that the President had failed to catch bin Laden.

    Comment by Erik — October 15, 2008 @ 2:12 pm - October 15, 2008

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    Pingback by GayPatriot » Why Would the Left Rather Attack than Engage? — October 15, 2008 @ 3:52 pm - October 15, 2008

  17. #15: Erik, the only reason the Democrats would ever spend any time looking for Osama Bin Laden is to apologize to him.

    Comment by Sean A — October 15, 2008 @ 5:48 pm - October 15, 2008

  18. If that sort of failure had occured on a Democrats watch,

    It did.

    BJ had multiple opportunities to take bin Laden into custody. They didn’t do it. The CIA had him in their sights, out in the open and BJ couldn’t be bothered. We got 9/11 instead.

    Now he’s hiding out in the same place where tens of thousands of British soldiers couldn’t find the Faqir of Ipi and the liberals trash not only Bush, but our soldiers as well.

    Do I like the fact that UBL isn’t pounding sand? No, but I understand why.

    It’s worth noting, also, that we’ve captured and killed thousands (possibly tens of) al-Qaeda members. Compare that to lord BJ’s administration and get back to me.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 15, 2008 @ 9:57 pm - October 15, 2008

  19. BTW, poking Chris Wallace in the leg don’t help much.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 15, 2008 @ 9:57 pm - October 15, 2008

  20. Erik,

    One thing Bush is not is incompetent. Contrary to ignorant mob mentality, and that’s really all it is, Bush has run the most competent and courageous administrations since at least Ronald Reagan.

    Far from being responsible for an economic meltdown caused by Democrat policies, cronyism and corruption, that happened two years after Democrats took control of congress, he warned of the looming disaster 17 times in 2008 alone, and somewhere around 30 times since 2001. He pushed and pushed for reforms and Democrats blocked him, and Republicans every time.

    His economic policies brought us out of the Clinton recession very quickly, and staved off another recession after the 9/11 attacks, and we have been enjoying robust growth ever since — or I should say, HAD been enjoying growth, until Democrats took control of the purse strings and the legislative branch 2 years ago.

    And isnt it funny, and telling, for all Democrats bullshit about “Bush’s failed economic policies” that when the meltdown, caused by their policies, finally hit the fan, what did Democrats do but rush to sign on to President Bush’s proscribed remedy!

    If there were any truth the Democrat “failed policies” bullshit, obviously they would have gone in a different direction. They didnt. They passed Bush’s plan with nothing more than minor cosmetic changes.

    7 years after 9/11 and Bin Laden is hiding in caves in the mountainous region of our very fragile nuclear-armed ally, Pakistan. He is not dead, but half or more of his organization is and America has been safe from attack for seven years. Compare that to the average 2 years between attacks during the Clinton administration. Not attacking Pakistan and causing that nuclear armed government to fall into the hands of Islamic extremists is not a failure, sorry.

    And unlike Bush, Clinton was handed Bin Laden on a silver platter, already in custody, and refused him. Then when he was able to take him out, numerous times, in much less volatile locations, he simply lacked the BALLS, unwilling to let his poll numbers suffer for national security’s sake.

    President Bush has done precisely the opposite and sacrificed his political standing over and over again, in order to do what is right for America — as he is doing right now. President Bush is keeping silent about attacks on him because he is afraid it would hurt John McCain’s candidacy.

    Unfortunately, I think he’s wrong. Unlike Hillary Clinton, whose disapproval ratings go up any time she speaks or shows her face, President Bush is just the opposite. His approval ratings go UP every time he speaks directly to the American people, and his ratings suffer the more he stays quiet.

    Bush took two dangerous countries in the most hostile region on earth with rogue regimes and replaced them with democratic governments that are allies of the United States, even while the opposition party was doing everything in its power to sabotage him and the country for political gain.

    And I could go on and on.

    You bet I defend Bush. He will be remembered, just like other equally despised presidents, Harry Truman and Abraham Lincoln, among the greats or near-greats.

    BTW, Truman was so unpopular that the opposition party swept both houses of congress and the presidency when he left office. And yet he is now almost universally recognized as the 7th or 8th greatest president ever.

    You are part of the majority of Americans who are just as foolishly wrong about President Bush as the nearly identical majority of Americans were foolishly wrong about Truman then.

    Comment by American Elephant — October 16, 2008 @ 2:14 am - October 16, 2008

  21. Bush is incompetent… yet he seems to win most of his battle with the Democrat Congress in terms of getting his policies enacted. The Democrats didn’t manage to defund the war. They didn’t over-ride the S-Chip veto. He passed his bailout. The Democrats failed to pass cap and trade. Most of the Democrats supported his Amnesty Bill. If Bush is incompetent, what does that say about Pelosi and Reid?

    And I say that as Bush-hater. I despise Bush. I will never forgive him for locking up Ramos and Compean and, in general, making the USA into Mexico’s biyatch. And China’s. And Saudi Arabia’s. I also think he is the main reason conservatism and the Republican party are on the ropes. But is he incompetent? Hardly. And even though I think his policies are misguided, I never doubted that he *thought* he was doing what he thought was right for the country.

    Comment by V the K — October 16, 2008 @ 8:34 am - October 16, 2008

  22. The behavior of the Dems and their allies here is classic psychological projection.

    Comment by Dave — October 16, 2008 @ 10:22 pm - October 16, 2008

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