For more than a year, the Wing Nuts have been on a mission and it’s been effective: attack relentlessly Obama and the Dems and do it in the most extreme and ugliest of terms. The point locus for the calumny is toxic right wing radio and television, Limbaugh, Hannity, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, et. al. Unless the Dems strike back, they will be overwhelmed even as John Kerry was sunk by the Swift Boats in the 2004 election.
Consider these gems of attack, not subtle, but undeniably hurtful. Rush Limbaugh, on his radio show, January 21, 2010: “All Democrats are cockroaches.” Michael Savage, borderline psychotic (who calls himself “a national treasure”): “The President of the United States is a ‘communist dictator’; television commentator, Katie Couric, is a ‘kourva’— (Yiddish ‘whore’).
And then there’s Sean Hannity’ and his deep-rooted, pathological hatred of liberalism. In his book Deliver Us from Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism, he brands liberals and Democrats as evil beyond imagining. Though quick to demand apologies from anyone who offers even a marginal slight, Hannity is molasses slow when asked to apologize to those millions he has attacked as communists, terrorists, fascists, traitors, and worse.
The Swift Boating of Obama and the Democrats has been crippling. With the Wing Nut commentators constantly feeding the fear, paranoia, bigotry of their sizeable listenership, the wind has been sewn; the country is reaping the whirlwind. Democrats, independents, even liberal Republicans must relentlessly call them on it, unmask the lunacy of the Wing Nut Right.
In a few weeks, Sean Hannity will be touring the nation, promoting his new book on how to win a conservative victory in November. It would be appropriate for Dems, liberals, and others he has so ferociously slandered to greet him and ask once more that he apologize to liberals and Democrats. Or does he consider Social Security, Medicare, Unemployment Compensation, forty hour work week, child labor laws, voting rights, minimum wage laws, graduated income tax, and on and on, evil? On a par with terrorism, Nazism, Fascism, Communism? Or is Hannity, with his aging choirboy looks, his slick ingratiating manner, a hater of monumental proportion?