Wlady, I’m not so sure I’d characterize the piece as a “loving portrait,” if that’s what you were implying with the Montana militiamen reference. The author did call the Angry Left “crass.”
Still, the backhanded reference to some widespread angry right was cheap and lazy. The author considers his Newt Gingrich reference sufficient evidence without any actual example of a Newt comment rising to the level of unhinged vitriol of these folks. It’s almost as if he believes the junk the Clintons peddled after Oklahoma City: that Rush Limbaugh was to blame. Rush, Newt, and the mainstream right may be passionate, but their tone doesn’t approach the Angry Left’s irrational hate.
As anecdotal as it sounds, take a look at the top blogs. Compare the top three liberal blogs (Kos, Eschaton, and AMERICAblog) and the top three conservative blogs (Instapundit, Malkin, and lgf… and Power Line if you don’t count Instapundit. I’m not sure he would). The difference in tone is night and day.
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