I’ve been looking for an example: a single example, to explain some of the more obnoxious taunts and comments slathered over the web and in public. The worst ones would require many, many links, also requiring “scroll, scroll, scroll… click… scroll, scroll, scroll… click… scroll, scroll, scroll… But this one article does examine some of the more problematic, more public, comments aimed at one side of the Democratic divide. First… a few quotes. Then a link.
“Ditto for blogger Wil Wheaton, who played Wesley in the TV series ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ who dubbed Clinton ‘the psycho ex-girlfriend of the Democratic party.'”
“And we know, don’t we, what to do with psycho ex-girlfriends? Drown them, club them, electrocute them. Meanwhile, analogies between Clinton and that flat-eyed, metallic, multimovie franchise character ‘Terminator’ are copious to the point of cliche. You may or may not like Clintonor any other female candidate. You may or may not agree with their policies. But is it really necessary to order a hit? Isn’t it enough just to vote for somebody else?”
Note: in cases like this I would say if it’s fair for O’Bama supporters to add meaning that isn’t within the sentences, then it’s fair for Clinton supporters: or those like myself who would just wish both parts of the party would cut the sludge.
“On CNN, pundit Alex Castellanos said Democrats must realize that ‘it’s time to take the family dog to the vet.'”
Hmm… dogs and women. “Cute.” And, if we were to insert meaning… well, let’s not go there. But one of my favorites, except in some cases like this, did go there…
“Keith Olbermann expressed the hope that ‘somebody will take her into a roomand only he comes out.'”
Ah, but one: admittedly famous, mainsteam, pundit’s comment in the larger scheme?
“CNN’s Jack Cafferty gleefully floated the specter of Clinton being run over by a flatbed truck. A recent Tribune editorial compared Clinton to a euthanized Kentucky Derby contender.”
“It’s natural to wonder whether Obama approves of the death-haunted images that surround his opponent like a phalanx of vultures. Surely he doesn’t. He is an intelligent, sensitive, enlightened man whose life has been enriched, as he frequently acknowledges, by the presence of strong women, most notably his late mother and his wife. I wish, therefore, that he would publicly condemn the trend of evoking death and destruction when it comes to Clinton. Perhaps, someday, he will.”
Amen. Indeed, may both sides address attempt slights real and imagined. Unfortunately, “attempt” will probably be the best they can do. It’s hard to reach those so swallowed up in images of hate and, in some cases, violence, they are using…. when they won’t even admit that’s what they are wallowing in.
It’s an interesting article that might help O’Bama supporters understand just a smidgen more why others are just as pissed as they are. My only overall comment: this is no way for either side to run a “successful” bid for the presidency.