Sometimes, it seems the primary difference between conservatives and liberals in contemporary American politics is that whereas we wish to engage on the battlefield of ideas, they wish to play the politics of personal destruction. Just look at how liberals deal with Sarah Palin, calling her a whack job, questioning her intelligence (while ignoring her accomplishments) and speculating that she may not be mother to her youngest child. It’s rare when we hear someone acknowledge her accomplishments, while criticizing her on the issues.
And take a gander at some of the comments (thankfully not all) to this blog where our critics attack Bruce and me personally (or our defenders) without addressing the points that we raised in the post to which they attach their comments.
Or look at how Democrats and their allies in the media respond to the Tea Party movement. They smear us with a sexual slur and question the sincerity of our motives.
Now, it looks like some who practice the politics of personal destruction are ratcheting this up a notch:
A meeting of former Clintonistas and senior Democrat political operatives to coordinate a push-back to the burgeoning tea party movement. Consider it a Democrat party relief effort. . . .
Big Government has learned that Clintonistas are plotting a “push/pull” strategy. They plan to identify 7-8 national figures active in the tea party movement and engage in deep opposition research on them. If possible, they will identify one or two they can perhaps ‘turn’, either with money or threats, to create a mole in the movement. The others will be subjected to a full-on smear campaign. (Has MSNBC already been notified?)
Big Government has also learned that James Carville will head up the effort.
Why, if Mr. Carville is so convinced that we’ve just entered into a 40-year period of Democratic ascendancy, would he need to stoop to destroying leaders of the Tea Party movement instead of showing how out-of-tune their ideas are with the current mood of the country?