A blog reader emailed me a link to his post where he offered some insights into the left’s attacks on Rush.Â He contends that “emotionally, leftists are stuck in middle school.“Â I’m not sure that I agree with this hypothesis, but believe he may well be onto something.
I grant there is this adolescent nature to their attacks, focusing on Rush’s physical attributes and personal failings rather than the quality and content of his argument.Â To this reader, Rush’s critics are like the popular kids picking on the outsider.
Perhaps, I link the post because it called to mind a theory I’d been toying around with about why the left, particularly those who considered themselves intellectuals, so hated (and still continue to hate) the immediate past President of the United States, George W. Bush.
The people who, in that blogger’s parlance, now pick on Rush were themselves not the popular kids.Â They were more likely to be the geeky kids whom the popular kids (the cool crowd) picked on.Â And they so hated George W. Bush because he reminded them of the guys who seemed to glide through high school socially while they struggled.Â And as such guys glided, they taunted those less popular.
Their anger, their wishing failure, humiliation, impeachment and imprisonment on W was for them, a sort of revenge of the nerds.
Again, I’m just throwing this out there, as much for discussion as anything else.Â Â My reader makes a point that, I believe, is definitely worth consideration.Â Given the nature of the rage of the left against any outspoken conservative who gains a foothold in American politics or popular culture, I am convinced that their animus has a strong psychological component.
And whether my hypothesis or that of this reader has any merit may well be better left to those more versed in the study of human psychology.
But, do consider this, how would you evaluate someone who refuses to address the ideas of any intellectual adversary and instead resorts repeatedly to personal attacks and petty insults?Â I certainly know how many of our critics (and usually with cause) judge those who regularly badmouth gay people.Â Shouldn’t we apply a similar standard to those who vilify conservatives?