Pondering the left’s animus against Joe the Plumber, how they help “the story alive by their rabid character assassination of a man who did nothing more than ask a question,” Ed Morrissey observes:
There is a stench of desperation surrounding this, as if they sense defeat coming from a moment of honesty from Obama about his real intentions to institute a regime of redistribution. They want to discredit the man who only asked the question as if he’s some political operative who magically forced Obama to sound â€¦ well, a little like a Marxist. Why?
Why this stench of desperation for supporters of a candidate who currently leads in the polls?
Ed’s observation hit home with me.Â A reader had recently shared a story of her confrontation with some unhappy Obama supporters who slimed Sarah Palin on the thinnest premise.Â Like me, she regularly encounters Democrats and others on the left who express such contempt and vitriol for Republicans thatÂ the Bush-hatred of 2004 race seem pale by comparison.
What accounts for their rancor?Â They sound as if their candidate enjoys the same chance of victory as did Walter Mondale in 1984 or Wendell Willkie in 1940.
Why do they harbor such animosity for John McCain, Sarah Palin and John the Plumber?Â Why do they hate so?
UPDATE:Â An example of their nastiness in New York.