Nor was it just certain rabid Democratic Underground posters who said President Bush's Iraq War was concocted in Texas for political reasons, Bush knew in advance about 9-11 and allowed it to happen and Karl Rove was behind Dan Rather's forged documents scandal. It was Sen. Ted Kennedy, Democratic Congressman Cynthia McKinney, and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, respectively.
And, it's not just Democrat politicians who consider Karl Rove the personification of evil. No less a liberal icon than Walter Cronkite hinted to Larry King that Karl Rove might have been behind Osama bin Laden's public threat in October 2004 -- just before the presidential election -- of further terrorist attacks.
After all, this idea was not that far-fetched when you believed, as many on the Left apparently did, that Bush and Rove staged Saddam's capture for maximum political effect and similarly had Osama stashed away and prepared to announce it when it best suited their obscene political interests. This "unhinged" theory about Osama, by the way, was voiced by President Clinton's secretary of state, Madeleine Albright.
I challenge you to read this book cover to cover and emerge still believing -- assuming you did before -- that the modern Democratic Party is the party of tolerance and compassion. Especially read the chapter "When Angry Democrats Attack," and tell us with a straight face, "Each party has an equal number of crazies with violent propensities."
You simply can't dismiss this rampant violence with meaningless platitudes designed to establish a false moral equivalence. There is no moral equivalence. Nor is there any way to casually write off the all-too-frequent calls for President Bush's assassination from leftist loons, or the mainstream media's utter lack of outrage by them.
On one level "Unhinged" is amusing, because it cites case after case of literally unbelievable episodes. But on a far more important level it is quite disturbing because these are not vignettes from Mad magazine, but real life reports of a movement that has delivered to the inmates the keys to the asylum.
Doubtlessly, this book will be viciously panned by those it exposes. They are certainly entitled to their point of view, but I would encourage you to be skeptical of rebuttals cloaked in generalities. Those generalities will fall under the overwhelming weight of specific data Michelle marshals in this valuable book.
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