Yesterday while doing my cardio at the gym, I was subjected to another of Keith Olbermann’s rants on MSNBC.Â I could not believe the effrontery of the man whose TV show has become little more a forum for Bush-bashing and Republican ridicule to claim that his political bÃªte noire (the GOP) had become a party of hate because yet another (that makes two, with some doubt cast on the first one) participant at a McCain-Palin rally cried, “Kill Him” (about Obama). (Brian Faughnan has more on Olbermann’s outburst.)
[UPDATE: Secret Service says “Kill him” allegation unfounded. I wonder if Olbermann will admit his mistake and apologize.]
Yet, it is Olbermann’s party (particularly with cheerleaders like him) which has become the Party of Hate.Â John Hawkins documents some of their mean-spirited outbursts, including this comment from Democratic Talk Radio’s Stephen Crockett:
If I had my way, I would see Katherine Harris and Ken Blackwell strapped down to electric chairs and lit up like Christmas trees. The better to light the way for American Democracy and American Freedom!
Does the MSM so find a trend of hatred when they uncover such rhetoric? Do they even bother to look for it? Or maybe it’s like Joe Biden’s gaffes, the news media don’t find the left’s angry rhetoric newsworthy because, well, it’s so commonplace.
Attacking one’s rivals, often in the most vicious terms seems to have become the modus operandi of the left these past few years. Yeah, there are a few loons on our side as well, but nearly all serious conservatives distance ourselves from them, denouncing their angry rhetoric.
Comparing conservative and left-wing responses to criticism, noting particularly the comments section to his Pajamas blog, Victor Davis Hanson writes:
In that regard, I often note the tone of the hard left at this site; the right disagrees and adduces arguments, the left often by spewing invective. I know that when I give a lecture to businessmen suggesting greed is endemic on Wall Street and has discredited much of their own ethos there are serious but professional retorts; at a university the professorial response to criticism of the Left is shrill and occasionally unhinged.
What is it that has made the left so unhinged? Why do they rather revile us than engage us on the plain of ideas?
And do so, while they accuse us of being narrow-minded hate-mongers?Â And claim to be smarter and better educated.Â If they’re so well-read and smart, shouldn’t it then be easy for them to dismiss our ideas with rational argument?