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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Bringing Out the Worst in People

Sarah Palin is bringing out the very worst--the very ugliest--in people. Not liking her, not liking her politics, not wanting her to be close to the presidency are all things I understand. The political attacks on her record, on her beliefs, and on her qualifications are all fair game. That’s just the nature of politics (and if you think that ours are ugly, you should watch what British papers print about their political leaders).

But hacking email accounts, threatening her with being raped by black men if she ever comes to Manhattan (and what the fuck was up with the racist tones on that little rant?), and Andrew Sullivan’s completely insane insistance that Palin should release medical records and eye witness accounts to prove that her son is, you know, her son were all bad enough. Then there were the folks that insisted she wasn’t really a woman and, perhaps, wasn’t even human. All this animosity driven not by facts or reasonable thought, but by policy disagreements.

But, of course, all politics is personal, or so I’ve heard--and Rep. Alcee Hastings from Florida has made it about as personal as can be.

Rep. Alcee Hastings told an audience of Jewish Democrats Wednesday that they should be wary of Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin because “anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks.”

That has to win some kind of award for idiocy in this election and I’m not even sure it deserves a reasoned response. All I can cook up right now is amazement that he would even make that kind of an accusation about Palin--anti-semitism and racism because the woman is a hunter? Sure, Sandra Bernhard insinuates that all the black men in Manhattan want to rape Sarah Palin--and tell me that isn’t playing to some of the worst and most disgusting racist stereotypes--but Alcee decides to paint Palin as a racist and a Jew hater.

Something about that kind of stupidity makes me want to embrace that personal side of political engagement, too. In fact…

Fuck you, Alcee.

Now then, that feels a bit better.

Via Gateway Pundit, who has all the requisite links.

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