If our friends in the mainstream media (and their allies in the Democratic Party and on left-wing blogs) discover one or two fringe extremists hoisting a racist sign or making juvenile references to a Congressman’s sexuality at a Tea Party rally, they highlight these as evidence of the racism and anti-gay bigotry in the grassroots political movement. In the highest of dudgeon, Democrats demand that Republicans “differentiate themselves” from such extremists.
But, if you see similarly hateful posters or hear angry bigoted slogans shouted at a left-wing protest, well, then you have to turn to conservative blogs for coverage. And yesterday the Washington Examiner covered just such prejudiced signage:
Philip Klein provides an instructive example of how one particular Democrat reacted to the handful of hateful symbols at Tea Parties:
The problem that Democrats and their liberal allies have is that they portrayed Tea Partiers as racists by pointing out random signs and isolated offensive statements from protesters. Then House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., infamously dismissed those who were opposing national health care legislation in townhall meetings as people carrying “swastikas.”
What Pelosi and other Democrats did by making such statements was to open themselves up to attacks along the lines of this new ad from the Emergency Committee for Israel, which highlights examples of anti-Semitism at the Occupy Wall St. protests and implores Democrats to condemn them. Based on the standards Democrats held the Tea Party to, this is fair game. Of course, a more positive development would be for both sides to acknowledge that any large protest movement without a clear organization runs the risk of attracting some bigots and fringe characters.
Implores Democrats to condemn such signs? Hmmm . . . Barney, you’ve got some differentiating to do.
RELATED: Liberal Icon Frances Fox Piven Rebuked By College Crowd For Calling Tea Party Racist… NIce to see a college crowd booing a liberal attempting to smear conservatives. (H/t: a formerly left-leaning lesbian.) The times, they are, a-changin’.