One of The New Republic
's staff writers forgot to get his press credentials cleared in time for Inauguration Day, and ended up having to cover - rather than a swanky ball - one of the famed "counter-inaugural" protests, and by this accident seems to have discovered something many of us on the right and centre have known for years: The angry left isn't just misguided idealists. Most of them are genuinely, repellently evil.
Needless to say, this wasn't much fun. I could have thrown a stone as far as my strength allowed and still have been certain of not hitting a crab cake. On the other hand, everyone else seemed to be having a good time. The hundred or so people there frequently applauded and hollered, and, as expected, phrases like "exposing Bush for what he is--a cold-blooded killer" were particular hits. I didn't even think there was much to report on. After all, who cares what the ideological fringe of the losing side has to say? But the more I heard, the more I became convinced that I had discovered something truly threatening: This band of socialists was the most effective recruiting tool for the Republican Party I'd ever encountered. [...]
These weren't harmless lefties. I didn't want Nancy Pelosi talking sense to them; I wanted John Ashcroft to come busting through the wall with a submachine gun to round everyone up for an immediate trip to Gitmo, with Charles Graner on hand for interrogation.
Yow. Even facetiously, that's a telling admission. There's such a thing as being a principled and honourable opposition, and these freaks aren't interested in any such thing. How many more of these 'eureka' moments will be needed before liberals as a whole - and/or the Democratic Party - realize that such repellent behaviour will only keep losing elections? Democrats have cleansed themselves of the dangerously unstable wing of their party before, in the late 40s, with communists. I hope they can do it again, and soon.