Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection has taken note of CBS’s Marc Ambinder’s commentary lately. It is, I find, all too representative of leftish commentary today and Jacobson calls it dead on:
Ambinder lives is a fantasy world where left-wing commentators (including Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow) are serious policy wonks, while all conservative commentators are “entertainers shouting slogans;” where hyperbole is the exclusive refuge of the right-wing; where the vile language and defamation hurled at George Bush for eight years never existed; where the equally vile attempts by Democratic leaders to equate health care protesters to terrorists never happened.
Every day Democratic politicians and left-wing bloggers hurl epithets like “teabagger” and “racist” and “extremist” at political opponents, yet none of that exists in Ambinder’s precious little world.
Ambinder cannot seem to understand that being mad is not the same thing as madness. The true madness is the direction in which the Obama administration is taking this country.
Emphasis mine. This is precisely the phenomenon I run into quite often in my travels around the blogosphere and in conversations with folks hailing from the left side of the spectrum. It seems that they conveniently forget all about the Hitler references and the death wishes and the affront taken at any perceived questioning of patriotism (to say nothing of the sudden distaste for dissent and “speaking truth to power”). I’ve said before and I still believe it: conservatives hold that liberals are wrong on many matters of the day; liberals hold that conservatives are evil, despicable, willfully nasty people. Any suggestion that they hold racist attitudes are condemned as “hate speech.” Any disagreement with their positions is, however, immediately chalked up to racism. They do not appear to recognize the hypocrisy.
I honestly don’t know what it’s going to take to get us talking again. Ambinder’s attitude just seems to be spreading a lot.