Just shy of two years ago, the then-Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, insisted that his Republican colleagues needed “to do more to ‘differentiate themselves’ from the hateful speech spewed in the healthcare debate’s final hours.”
Nearly a year later, even after learning that the man who shot Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had ties neither to the Tea Party nor the GOP, the editors of the New York Times told us that it was
. . . legitimate to hold Republicans and particularly their most virulent supporters in the media responsible for the gale of anger that has produced the vast majority of these threats, setting the nation on edge. Many on the right have exploited the arguments of division, reaping political power by demonizing immigrants, or welfare recipients, or bureaucrats.
When some on the left learned of the death of Andrew Breitbart, they reacted in the manner the Old Gray Lady attributed to virulent Republican supporters with a gale of anger and expressions of hatred, demonizing a man who dared challenge their most cherished shibboleths.
Michelle Malkin reported that one leftie had tweeted, “It is very hard to have sympathy for an evil person like Andrew Breitbart!” The Tatler collected more Tweets, including this particularly telling one, “Andrew Breitbart died? Is it wrong that I’m happier about that than when they got bin Laden and Saddam?” At the Washington Examiner, Charlie Spiering reports that one liberal call Breitbart, “a vile excuse for a human being” and yet another alleged he “was a racist, sexist, homophobe.”
Always the same litany, lefties? Guess they just assume that if someone is conservative, he must fit their narrow view of what a right-winger must be, someone who hates people who differ from the white male norm.
At least there were some on the left who responded to Breitbart’s death in a dignified and grownup manner. On Facebook, my friend Rich Miniter linked this post on the left-wing Talking Points Memo, “Shirley Sherrod, who was a primary target of Andrew Breitbart’s criticism, released the following statement on the conservative media icon’s death:”
The news of Mr. Breitbart’s death came as a surprise to me when I was informed of it this morning. My prayers go out to Mr. Breitbart’s family as they cope through this very difficult time.
That’s how human beings are supposed to respond to the passing of your ideological adversaries. One wonders at those left-wingers who responded with such bile. It’s as if their entire identities have become wrapped up not just in their political leanings, but in their animus against their opponents.
One anticipates Democrats, following the lead of Mr. Frank, demanding their fellow partisans “differentiate themselves” from such vitriol and awaits the New York Times‘ condemnation of this gale of hatred.
How politicized these people have made their identities