Drive around my neighborhood and you see abundant signs of rancor directed against the GOP, bumper stickers deriding Bush, signs mocking McCain. Â This morning, I learned that a West Hollywood resident is displaying a mannequin of “Sarah Palin hanging by a noose from the roof of [his] home.”Â Imagine the outrage if a Republican in Orange County had displayed a mannequin of Barack Obama hanging by a noose.
i am delighted to note that some gay left bloggers, instead of countenancing this distasteful display are condemning it.Â Andy at towleroad faults it for being neither funny nor original. He’s got that right. Â Joe joins him in slamming this mean-spirited decoration, saying we should leave such b.s. “to the wingnuts.”
Should we take that to mean he faults all such nastiness on his side, including Andrew Sullivan’s regular rants against the Alaska Governor? Â This is just a visual expression of the rage we see on left-wing sites and at Obama rallies directed against the Alaska Governor. At one such rally, “the mention of Palin’s name drew shouts of ‘stone her.’”
I grant that there’s been some pretty ugly stuff come from some fringe activists on the right. And mainstream conservative bloggers and pundits have been quick to condemn it. It’s nice to see some gay leftists just as quick to denounce the hate on their own side.
Let’s hope this is part of a trend.