When three rednecks dragged James Byrd to death in Texas, Democrats chalked it up to a "climate of hate" fostered by...well, any public right-of-center thought, talk radio being the boogieman du jour. Never mind that the killers' overwhelmingly-Republican state sentenced two of the three to death -
When Matthew Shepard was murdered in Wyoming, we got more of the same; fevered declamations that conservatives and Christians were, at least indirectly, responsible for the murder. Never mind that every significant conservative talk host, and to the best of my knowledge every conservative, condemned both the specific murder of Shepard and the more general practice of murder; it's all of our faults, to too many on the left.
Violence at an abortion clinic? Those dang Christians.
And every time David Duke turns up? Never mind that his entire political body is black and blue from being kicked to the curb harder and faster than Manchester U's practice balls; Nosirree, the Duker puts that "R" in front of his name, and every few years a whole new generation of shining liberal lights "discovers" a link between the GOP and the Klan! Hypocrisy! Lies!
No, we on the right have had a lot of practice at condemning behavior and associations that we have nothing to do with, but get slagged for anyway.
OK, Democrats; pony up.
The AFL-CIO is not a fringe player in Democrat party politics, nationwide or in Minnsota. It's one of the biggest parts of one of the Dems' biggest constituencies.
On Tuesday, we saw an outbreak of violence at GOP offices in three hotly-contested battleground states: Wisconsin, Florida, and of course in Saint Paul. These attacks are part of a long series of attacks not only on GOP offices around the country, but on individuals showing GOP lawn signs and bumper stickers.
"Don't tar us with that brush!", bellow the offended lefties. "We didn't do that! It's the fringe!"
The AFL-CIO is the fringe?
Three "protests" at GOP offices turn violent; offices taken over, people attacked, the peaceful exercise of a presidential campaign interrupted. The offices are in battleground states; they are staffed, like most such offices, with older folks and stay at home moms and others who have time to spare during the day. Pretty intimidating stuff, huh?
So, Democrats - especially all you lefty bloggers out there - where's the outrage? The AFL-CIO - one of Your Guy's key supporters - is promoting a climate of violence and fear; they're trying to intimidate Bush volunteers in battleground states (where, by all accounts I've seen, we've out-organized you by a sizeable margin).
What are you going to do?
For most of you, I suspect the answer is "issue a lukewarm scolding, deny that it was a big deal, and then meander around to a back-door justification of the attacks". You know - the kind of thing that would send you into paroxysms of self-righteous fury if you thought a GOPer was doing the same thing.Posted by Mitch at October 7, 2004 08:08 AM | TrackBack