I need a new TV set.
Because as I was watching Democrats accuse Sarah Palin and the Tea Party of creating a Climate of Hate, I threw my beautiful new 50-inch plasma flat screen out the window.
The year is young, but the outrage on the left in the wake of the Tucson shootings is already a shoo in for the 2011 Academy Award for Hypocrisy.
Conservatives are creating a Climate of Hate. This is what liberals say when conservatives get uppity and won’t “work with them” to pass their agenda. They said it in 1994, after the Republicans swept the House and dear old Bob Michel, the bland Republican leader who kindly passed the gavel every year to Tip O’Neill, was replaced by the fiery Newt Gingrich.
The charge of creating a Climate of Hate is being leveled by people who spent the first eight years of the decade DESCRIBING BUSH AND CHENEY AS SATAN’S AMBASSADORS TO EARTH FROM HELL.
Where was the Climate of Hate as Bush was regularly described as a lying idiot who faked weapons of mass destruction to start a war in Iraq? Or Cheney as the unaccountable Dr. Evil plotting in an undisclosed location to melt the Arctic icecap via global warming?
Where was the liberal outrage at Michael Moore’s nasty little movie, a full two hours of ad hominem assault?
Here a few Climate of Hate inducing quotes from some of the sanctimonious types we are hearing from now:
Paul Krugman on Bush’s Social Security plan: Bush is treating “premature black deaths not as a tragedy we must end but as just another way to push [his] ideological agenda.”
Dick Durbin: “Our actions at Guantanamo were like Soviet gulags.”
Steny Hoyer on Bush in Afghanistan: “Frankly they turned tail.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz: “Our moral standing in the world has been weakened by a rubber stamp Justice Department that placed the Bush Administration above the law.”
Nancy Pelosi: “If people are ripping your face off, you have to rip their face off” (on handling attack from Republicans); “If you take the knife off the table, it’s not very frightening anymore” (on why she kept talking about Bush’s unpopular Social Security proposal in 2007.
Keith Olbermann: Bush is a “compulsive liar.”
Actually, I think this is one of Olbermann’s milder quotes.
Of course, this list could go on much longer. Please tell us if you have any of your own chestnuts to add.
One of the things I’ve noticed that is far more peculiar to the left than the right is that liberals don’t view their vitriol as hate or even opinion. They view it as a sober reflection on conservatives, who as they KNOW are either evil, or dumb, or both.
But it is hate.