As usual, Digby gets right to the core of right-wing hypocrisy. This time it’s in relation to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where all the heavyweights of the right wing come to rub shoulders with their ardent lovers, the rabble.
Here’s a report from 2003:
McDonald complied, and for the rest of the conference the jolly white-haired Floridian peddled his popular anti-Islam wares from under a table.
Tim Weigel, who was manning the Free Republic booth, described compassionate conservative initiatives like Bush’s plan to address AIDS in Africa as, “throwaways, put out there to keep the left quiet while he takes care of Iraq.” Behind him hung a picture of Hillary Clinton’s head Photoshopped onto the body of a pig.
…Sheldon, a plump, pink man with pale blue eyes, wasn’t out celebrating the Bush presidency. Instead, the man who has pledged “open warfare” against all things gay, stood in the exhibitors hall before a makeshift carnival game called “Tip a Troll,” in which players were invited to throw gray beanbags at toy trolls with the heads of Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Hillary Clinton and Tom Daschle, or trolls holding signs saying, “The Homosexual Agenda,” “Roe V. Wade” and “The Liberal Media.”
I wonder if Instapundit and others would find it the least bit necessary for these elected leaders to disavow the outrageous “fun” described in the article above as they thundered that the left should do with regard to Ward Churchill and Michael Moore. If I were Dick Cheney I might actually be concerned that some of my own followers were handing out bumper stickers that say “No Muslims = No Terrorists” because, you know, that kind of thing isn’t exactly Bush boilerplate and people might just get confused about what our foreign policy is. The Iraqis we just “liberated” are Muslims last I heard. And I surely would worry that someone might take it the wrong way when the most powerful members of the Republican party appear on the same bill as a woman who says liberals should be beaten over the head with a baseball bat.
In our party we have top opinion leaders actively repudiating the flamethrowers of our party because they fear being tainted by their alleged intemperate partisanship. The Republicans, on the other hand, hold a convention where the highest most exalted members of the party mingle shoulder to shoulder with those who think that liberals should be killed. It’s an interesting juxtaposition isn’t it?
Why should they care? The so-called liberal media would never do an explosive piece on right-wing nutjobs; they might get branded as having a liberal bias. But you have to remember that they get tarred with that old canard whether they are dunking Reagan’s picture in a bathtub of lamb’s blood or reporting that Snuggles Fabric Sheets increased in price by a tenth of a cent. Why not go with what’s good for the country then (and believe me, it is in the country’s interest that the world doesn’t think we’re populated with anti-Islamic crusaders)?