January 15, 2009

ALL?:

Toxic talk: Hating Obama: Repugnant anti-Obama hate speech has dissipated for the moment. How likely is it to raise its ugly head again? (ADAM REILLY, January 14, 2009, Boston Phoenix)

During and just after the 2008 presidential campaign, the antipathy of right-wing pundits toward Barack Obama reached remarkable, often repugnant depths. Some examples: talk-radio hatemonger Michael Savage warned his listeners that Obama was "hand-picked by some very powerful forces . . . to drag this country into a hell it has not seen since the Civil War." Jay Severin, Savage's Boston-based comrade-in-arms, called on his listeners to "destroy" Obama before he causes "our doom as a nation." (Severin's caveat — that this be done legally — was undercut by his statement that "Obama is King George and we are the Minutemen." The Minutemen weren't big on legality.) And Fox News commentator Liz Trotta quipped, with a chuckle and a smile, that it would be nice to assassinate both Osama bin Laden and Obama. (Trotta later said she was "so sorry" for her comments, and chalked them up to the "very colorful political season.")

Immediately following Obama's victory, meanwhile, similarly vile manifestations of this same mindset popped up around the country. In Maine, a convenience store hosted a betting pool on when Obama would be assassinated, accompanied by a sign that read: "Let's hope someone wins." And a North Carolina State student wrote a disgusting proposal — "Let's shoot that n[****] in the head" — inside that school's Free Expression Tunnel.

Where, exactly, did all this anti-Obama venom come from?


We too would prefer a politics entirely devoid of hate, especially after 8 years of BDS, but the very scarcity of the examples for Mr. Reilly to cite here suggests it's a rather minimal problem where the UR is concerned.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 15, 2009 7:29 AM
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