John Leo

In the category of saying nice things about terrorists, Michael Moore wins for comparing the insurgents in Iraq to the American Minutemen (one difference being that the Minutemen did not rape women or hack their arms, legs, and heads off). Julian Bond, head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said at his group?s 2003 convention that Republicans? ?idea of equal rights is the American flag and Confederate swastika flying side by side.? Bond liked it so much that he repeated it in 2004. Elsewhere, a St. Louis conservative sold anti-Hillary ?Osama bin Rodham? T-shirts and mugs featuring a composite picture of Senator Clinton and bin Laden.

Janeane Garofalo said after Bush?s re-election that she wants the ?Archie Bunkers in the cracker belt to feel pain.? Citing a quote from Thomas Jefferson, Hollywood political analyst Barbra Streisand called the Bush era a ?reign of witches.? Playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) wrote a one-act anti-Bush play for the campaign featuring Laura Bush reading the works of Dostoevski to a group of Iraqi children, all of them dead.

Eve Ensler, genitally oriented author of The Vagina Monologues, said at a feminist concert and rally for Kerry in New York that women should ?Step into your vaginas? on November 2, an unusual approach to voting and one that sounds just plain uncomfortable. At another New York rally, John Mellencamp called Bush ?a cheap thug,? and Whoopi Goldberg offered some obscene reflections on Bush?s name. John Kerry said that the entertainers who spoke at the rally reflected the ?heart and soul of our country.?

Natalie Maines, apparently surprised that many Dixie Chicks fans hated her famous anti-Bush comments of 2003, said ?I realize that I?m just supposed to sing and look cute so our fans won?t have anything to upset them while they?re cheating on their wives or driving around in their pickup trucks shooting small animals.? Then she complained that the political climate is ?so the opposite of me as a person and what I believe in.? It?s just about opposite my personhood too, Natalie.

John Leo

John Leo is editor of and a former contributing editor at U.S. News and World Report.

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