Dean rocks; Minarik blows
When liberals (or anyone right-wingers perceive as being liberal) say anything that the Right deems objectionable, they form a cyber lynch mob and scream bloody murder about it. Witness the Eason Jordan episode, or the outcry over Ward Churchill.
Maybe it is time for us to take a page from them, because lord knows their side has plenty of people talking out of their ass 24/7.
For instance, just the other day Faux News anchor Brit Hume (who also compared Jeff "Right-Wing Manwhore" Gannon to Mark Twain) made an ass of himself on air when he completely distorted the words of Franklin Roosevelt to make it seem as if FDR would have supported Bush's idiotic "privitization" plan for Social Security, prompting Roosevelt's grandson to call for "a retraction, an apology, maybe even a resignation" on Keith Olbermann's show.
And then there is Stephen Minarik, the head of the New York State GOP, a pile of infectious human waste if ever there was one, who said, in response to Howard Dean's election as chair of the DNC:
the Democrats simply have refused to learn the lessons of the past two election cycles, and now they can be accurately called the party of Barbara Boxer, Lynne Stewart and Howard Dean.
What's offensive about this, you ask?
It's the reference to Stewart. Lynne Stewart was a lawyer for Omar Abdel Rahman, the "blind sheik" who was accused of terrorist plots. Stewart was convicted herself for aiding Rahman's terrorist associates by covertly transmitting his secret messages to them.
So in other words, Minarik was basically accusing the Democratic Party of being in league with anti-American terrorists.
Of course, this is nothing new. But such rhetoric has been heating up again lately on the wingnutty side of the aisle. For instance, there is this post by some idiot blogger:
This newly ever-growing Western left, not only in Europe, but in Latin America and even in the US itself, has a clear goal: the destruction of the country and society that vanquished its dreams fifteen years ago. But it does not have, as in the old days of the Soviet Union, the hard power to accomplish this by itself. Thanks to this, all our leftist friends’ bets are now on radical Islam. What can they do to help it? Answer: tie down America’s superior strength with a million Liliputian ropes: legal ones, political ones, with propaganda and disinformation etc. Anything and everything will do.
Which was linked to approvingly by Instapigfucker, who commented, "Sigh. I wish he were wrong."
And then there was Jonah Goldberg's challenge to Juan Cole:
let's make a bet. I predict that Iraq won't have a civil war, that it will have a viable constitution, and that a majority of Iraqis and Americans will, in two years time, agree that the war was worth it. I'll bet $1,000 (which I can hardly spare right now).
One caveat: Because I don't think it's right to bet on such serious matters for personal gain, if I win, I'll donate the money to the USO. He can give it to the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade or whatever his favorite charity is. (Emphasis added.)
For anyone who doesn't know, the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigade is a Palestinian group that is supposed to be behind many of the suicide bombings targeting Israeli citizens. So Goldberg is basically accusing Cole of being a terrorist sympathizer. (BTW, does anyone actually buy Goldberg's claim that he can "hardly spare" a thousand dollars? Come on, Jonah; there's more money in right-wing hackery than that.)
This kind of rhetoric is reprehensible, and a testament to the utter lack of character and integrity on the part of many GOPers. Fortunately, the days when the Democratic Party took this kind of abuse -- or worse, like Joe Lieberman, agreed with it -- might be coming to an end. In reaction to Minarik's repulsive comment, Dean -- whose supporters are running a blog affiliated with the DNC called Kicking Ass -- came out swinging. From ABC news:
Howard Dean, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, called on the head of New York's Republican Party to apologize or resign Wednesday over remarks linking the Democrats to a civil rights lawyer convicted of aiding terrorists.
Dean called Stephen Minarik's comments offensive, and said, "The American people deserve better than this type of political character assassination."
Yes they do, though they're not likely to get it from the current crop of GOP "leadership."
And in case there was any doubt that Minarik is a complete tool, Atrios has somehow tracked down his AOL profile:
Name: STEPHEN MINARIK
Location: Webster NY
Marital Status: I'm there again
Hobbies & Interests: Golf, Hockey, Sex
Favorite Gadgets: IBM Compatible
Occupation: Electoral Guru
Personal Quote: There's winning, and then there's misery
What an incredible asshole.