The Brawler is always deeply amused to see Charlie Sykes, who called Barack Obama a "sniveling, snot-nosed community organizer"* recoil at the "hate" shown by the "left" (which includes everybody from anarchists to Byron Dorgan). The latest case has been some comments by DPW Chairman Mike Tate, whom Sykes refers to -- sarcastically (always his sniveling metier) -- as a "genius." As opposed to the election, majority-losing genius of Reince Priebus or Rick Graber.
Here's what Tate had to say:
MADISON – Scott Walker joined right-wing extremists in Milwaukee on Saturday to participate in a hateful, fear-based rally aimed at preventing progress for Wisconsin families. Walker was joined by right-wing commentator Michelle Malkin and known tax cheat Joe “The Plumber” Wurzelbacher at the rally, which was sponsored by corporate-backed Americans for Prosperity.
“Scott Walker’s open association with radical, right-wing extremists further demonstrates the divisiveness of his politics,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate. “While Democrats in Wisconsin and across the country have debated important issues in a civil manner, Walker and others on the right have attempted to turn the debate into a shouting match.”
Although organizers claimed the protest was peaceful, one man was injured and taken to the hospital.* Other protestors used scare tactics, name-calling and false claims of socialism to get their point across.
“Wisconsin has a history of open and honest debate,” said Tate. “The fact that Scott Walker would endorse this behavior should be a clear sign to voters across Wisconsin that Walker is too extreme to represent them.”
Now, even as a hate blogger the Brawler wouldn't necessarily use all the above language -- dig, I even had some decent exchanges with some baggers who didn't realize I was a cultural spy and agree with Dad29 on early crowd estimates!
But Let's take the wayback machine to see what elected politician Mark Green had to say about anti-war protesters back in April 13, 2003 (from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel):
The crowd cheered U.S. Rep. Mark A. Green (R-Wisconsin) when he said that "for too long I think too many of us have allowed other voices who claim to speak for us to go unchallenged. We've heard from the Hollywood half-wits who confuse their fame with intelligence or, worse yet, relevance. We've seen the peaceniks marching back and forth at our campuses carrying signs that say anything and everything, everything except for things like 'Saddam must disarm' or 'Freedom for Iraq' or 'We support our troops.'
"My friends, the folks who are here today, we don't have agendas," Green continued. "We have mortgages. We don't chain ourselves to trees. We drive our kids to school. We don't burn our flags or block the traffic. We pay our taxes, and we try to make payroll. We are the silent majority. Today, we are speaking up."
Every single bolded statement was an insult to the people who protested going to war with Iraq --and who proved to be, to borrow a phrase from Judith Miller, fucking right to do so. As opposed to Mark Green, who thought we would have been out of Iraq a couple years ago.
Did I mention Charlie Sykes was at the aforementioned rally?
* Sykes additionally likes to refer to Jimmy Carter as the worst president of the last 100 years although American fared better economically under the Carter years than they did under George W. bush, who, truly qualifies for the worst in the past 100 years if not EVAR. (Civil War was going to happen, don't Blame Buchanan!). Sykes also likes to call Carter a wimp, though Carter has the distinction, over Sykes, of having served in the military.