... My brief and unhappy experience with the hate and vitriol of bloggers on the liberal side of the aisle comes from the last several months I spent campaigning for a longtime friend, Joe Lieberman.Here's what baffled me: If Davis wanted to draw a comparison between the vitriol expressed by left-wing bloggers today and right-wing hatemongers of a bygone era, why didn't he bring up segregationists? The lynch mobs? The Jim Crow era? The KKK?
This kind of scary hatred, my dad used to tell me, comes only from the right wing--in his day from people such as the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy, with his tirades against "communists and their fellow travelers." The word "McCarthyism" became a red flag for liberals, signifying the far right's fascistic tactics of labeling anyone a "communist" or "socialist" who favored an active federal government to help the middle class and the poor, and to level the playing field.
Joe McCarthy and his followers have been called many things over the years - paranoid, delusional, dastardly, slimy, treacherous, mean-spirited, cunning, political ... - but they have never been described in terms relating to hate. So what gives?
Then it came to me.
Joe McCarthy was a Republican. The preponderance of segregationists - racists - in Davis' youth were Democrats. It wouldn't do for Lanny to bring up Robert Byrd's past or Woodrow Wilson's despicable actions in implimenting Jim Crow legislation during his Presidency or the Dixiecrats who fought the civil rights movement in the 50's and 60's. George Wallace. Lester Maddox. The party of Davis.
Thus we get treated to the really bizarre and innocuous notion that hatred in days of old was exemplified by "the far right's fascistic tactics of labeling anyone a "communist" or "socialist" who favored an active federal government to help the middle class and the poor, and to level the playing field."
Do you remember that battle cry? "Lynch those sunsabitchas who favor an active federal government to help the middle class and poor and to level the playing field!" Somehow I must have skipped that history class.
Poor Lanny. He had to twist himself in knots just to avoid any mention of the most shameful period in American history - post Civil War. The era when racial hatred consumed this country and brought the worst out of many of us.
Back to rewrite, pal.