More role reversal
April 15th, 2009 by Ken Hagler

My Ears Are Bleed­ing.

So I just com­pleted the 2.5 hour drive from D.C. to Char­lottesville for my speech at UVA tonight. Beau­ti­ful drive.

Along the way, I lis­tened to some left-wing talk radio, specif­i­cally Ed Schultz. And wow. The left’s blath­er­ing idiots really are just a mir­ror image of the right’s, aren’t they? Cog­ni­tive dis­so­nance, disin­gen­u­ous bull­shit­ting, dem­a­goguery, and hate­ful invec­tive all over the place. It was really some­thing to behold.

Appar­ently with­out the slight­est hint of irony, Schultz started by cast­ing off the tea party pro­test­ers as “un-American” and “unpa­tri­otic.” Yep. Bush has been out of office for all of three months, and the left has already adopted the “peo­ple who dis­agree with us hate Amer­ica” crap. He then char­ac­ter­ized tea partiers exer­cis­ing their right to free speech and protest as “try­ing to over­turn the results of an elec­tion.” Another page ripped from the right-wing play­book. Just sub­sti­tute “anti-war protests” for “tea par­ties.”

But Schultz wasn’t done. He then said the tea party move­ment is pri­mar­ily fueled by racism, and the par­ties are attended by peo­ple who can’t stand the fact that a black man was elected pres­i­dent. He said the whole protest was fueled by hate and “white power” sup­port­ers.

Then it got worse. Schultz actu­ally said that Fox News anchors were secretly hop­ing for shots to be fired, for gov­ern­ment offi­cials to be killed, and for an ensu­ing vio­lent over­throw of the gov­ern­ment. He strongly implied that tea party orga­niz­ers want Obama to be assas­si­nated. He equated Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s state­ment in sup­port of the 10th Amend­ment this week as akin to sup­port for a bloody rev­o­lu­tion.

This guy isn’t fringe, either. DCCC chair­man and Mary­land Rep. Chris Van Hol­len was one of Schultz’s guests today. Schultz also has an evening show on MSNBC, where Obama press sec­re­tary Robert Gibbs will be his guest tonight.

Schultz’s bumper described him as the most-listened to lib­eral talk show host on the radio. God help us if that’s true. You have guys like Schultz gob­bling up lis­ten­ers on the left, and peo­ple like Han­nity, Rush, and Sav­age gob­bling them up on the right … and it’s we lib­er­tar­i­ans who get tarred as nut-jobs.

[The Agi­ta­tor]

It’s not just the Repub­li­cans who have reversed their posi­tions.

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