During the 2008 campaign, there were serious concerns that al-Qaeda would attempt to disrupt the elections in the United States as it had disrupted the elections in Spain.
Warnings about the threat of terrorism gave prominent left-wing bloggers an excuse to accuse the McCain campaign of wanting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil to help McCain’s campaign. Matthew Yglesias, one of the most prominent left-wing bloggers, declared early in the 2008 campaign: “If Americans die, they’ll be in a position to clean up.”
So what to make of the repeated warnings by politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, and the left-wing blogosphere, that opponents of Barack Obama’s health care and economic policies are planning violence? There is no objective evidence of any such plots.
To the contrary, the violent plots being revealed recently are by Islamic extremists, yet there is nary a word of warning or caution from these same politicians and left-wing bloggers about these real threats. All the attention is on the hypothetical threat from the “right-wing.”
A good example is the discovery of a part-time census worker’s body several weeks ago, under completely unclear circumstances. This discovery has set off another round of hysteria in the left-wing blogosphere, despite any actual evidence of the cause or circumstances of the death.
If warnings in 2008 about the very real threat of terrorist attacks to disrupt the U.S. elections were sufficient to cause the McCain campaign to be accused of hoping for an attack, then it is worth asking the same question of those politicians and left-wing bloggers who invent right-wing plots for political purposes.
We are in a situation where conservatives pray every day that there will not be a single act of violence by anyone even arguably called “right-wing.” Can the same be said of the left-wing politicians and bloggers?
In the absence of any actual right-wing plots being uncovered, why do left-wing politicians and bloggers keep playing the violence card? Are they hoping for some idiot to do something stupid so that they can use it for political purposes? As left-wing hero Keith Olbermann would say, “have you no shame?”