In “their rabid character assassination” as Ed Morrissey puts it, of Joe the Plumber, “a man who did nothing more than ask a question,” Obama supporters and their allies in the media remind us (yet again) of the tactics of all too many on the left.Â Instead of challenging their conservative, independent or just plain non-orthodox leftists critics on the plain of ideas, they dredge up whatever they can find in an attempt to destroy our credibility.
They just get upset with anything which upsets their narrative.
They don’t want to investigate Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac because such an investigation might undermine their narrative that deregulation and Wall Street greed prompted the mortgage meltdown.Â When conservative suggest that government programs might have precipitated the mess, for example, one leading Democrat accused such heretics to the media narrative of racism.
Similarly, when Joe the Plumber upset the Obama campaign’s middle-class narrative, Joe Biden savaged the citizen because his team “simply can’t tolerate an outspoken citizen successfully painting the Democratic ticket as socialist overlords.”
What is it about those on the left, including some very intelligent and thoughtful people, who get whipped into a frenzy any time anyone takes issue with their ideas?Â What accounts for their repeated attempts at character assassination of their critics?
I doubt we’ll find the answer in studying their worldview, but we might it by studying their character and considering their hysteria.Â The answer has more to do with their psychology than their adversaries’ politics.
Perhaps, we won’t arrive at understanding their mania, but we do know this one thing:Â when someone emerges onto the national stage who challenges the narrative of the left, all too many liberals, along with a number of hangers-on in the MSM, will all but ignore his points and attack his person.
UPDATE:Â Media spend more time investigating Joe’s tax problems than Barack Obama’s.Â In what kind of nation, do the media investigate critics more than candidates?
UP-UPDATE: Rush Limbaugh: The mediaÂ “just can’t stand it because Joe the Plumber caused Obama to screw up. Joe the Plumber caused Obama to actually give it up on what his campaign is really all about.” Read the whole thing!
Joe simply had the temerity to speak truth (or, if you prefer, an uninformed opinion) to power, for which the politico-media axis apparently determined that he must be humiliated, harassed, smashed, destroyed. The viciousness and glee with which they set about the task ought to concern anyone who still cares about citizen participation, and freedom of speech, and all that old crap they taught in Civics class before politics turned into Narrative Deathrace 3000, and Web 2.0 turned into Berlin 1932.0.