Earlier this week, we conservatives were treated to lectures by the mainstream media about how angry we had become.Â 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.Â I could provide more just by searching through my saved incoming e-mail or by highlighting a few comments to this blog.Â Will Paul Krugman wonder if these liberals have been “gripped by insane rage“?Â 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?Â 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.Â 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 hateâ€”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.