It wasn’t just Biden’s whining about his rough treatment by Barbara West that struck me in the video I linked earlier today. It was also that he lashed out at John McCain for running a negative campaign, as if the only nastiness this cycle came from the Republican side.
His comments remind me of some of the e-mails I get from Obama supporters. They bemoan the mean-spiritedness, even the racist tone of the Republican campaign. But, when they provide examples, they either reference a strange comment from some insignificant party hack or include a long anti-Republican screed from a left-wing blog. The tone of the post, its very language is as vicious as they accuse us of being.
They seem oblivious to the vitriol in their own e-mails.Â And on their own side.
Yes, there has been some hateful rhetoric on the right, but it pales in comparison to that we have seen on the left. Just take a gander at the high-traffic conservative web-sites and compare them to the high-traffic sites on the left.
If Biden and his running mate want to unite this nation should they win next week, they’ll have to take stock of the venom coming from a good number of their supporters. If, as my recent interlocutor claimed, Obama can bring us together, he’ll have to stand up to the most hateful of his supporters and tell them to show more respect for their ideological adversaries.
To be sure, as John Hinderaker puts it, “Barack Obama can’t be blamed for all of his followers’ vile actions, but, like it or not, he trails in his wake a howling mob of barbarians.”Â While Obama can’t be blamed for their actions or rhetoric, he can at least express his displeasure at such conduct.Â And if he truly seeks to lead this nation, he will.