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Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Richard Cohen Gets Hate Mail

This is pretty amusing. Richard Cohen discovers that if you praise Gore you get a few angry emails from right-wingers, but not much. But when he dared to pan Stephen Colbert's performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, he got the full fury of the left-wingers:

Truth to tell, I peeked into only a few of the e-mails. I did this because I would sometimes recognize a name I thought I knew, which was almost always a mistake. When I guilelessly clicked on the name, I would get a bucket of raw, untreated and disease-laden verbal sewage right in the face.

Usually, the subject line said it all. Some were friendly and agreed that Colbert had not been funny. Most, though, were in what we shall call disagreement. Fine. I said the man wasn't funny and not funny has a bullying quality to it; others (including some of my friends) said he was funny. But because I held such a view, my attentive critics were convinced I had a political agenda. I was -- as was most of the press, I found out -- George W. Bush's lap dog. If this is the case, Bush had better check his lap.

This is not surprising. As we have discussed many times, the Left in this country is on a rampage, searching for heretics with the vigor and subtlety of the Spanish Inquisition.

But the message in this case truly is the medium. The e-mails pulse in my queue, emanating raw hatred. This spells trouble -- not for Bush or, in 2008, the next GOP presidential candidate, but for Democrats. The anger festering on the Democratic left will be taken out on the Democratic middle. (Watch out, Hillary!)
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