Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nancy Pelosi's Politics of Fear

Remember how Al Gore screamed that George W. Bush played on our fears, lying to us in order to start a War in Iraq? That was really hot news in 2004, and I don't know how many blog posts I have read by liberal bloggers over the years about how conservatives play on our fears in order to get elected and re-elected.

But, frankly the "conservatives are fear mongers" meme has picked up steam since Barack Obama's inauguration (see here, here and here). And now, we have Nancy Pelosi choking up at the thought of conservative violence because someone somewhere spoke his/her mind.

Pelosi is referring to the murders of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk by Dan White, who was, in the words of Ed Morrissey a lunatic.

At his trial, White tried to evade responsibility for his acts in part through arguing that he had a diminished capacity caused in part by his diet, which led to it being ridiculed as “the Twinkie defense.” White only got sentenced to a short term in prison, which was a grave injustice. He should have gotten two life terms for the murders, which was a good argument for a better approach in California to law and order.

White was also a registered Democrat and a moderate.
He assassinated Moscone after the mayor refused to reappoint him as supervisor, a post White had resigned but then regretted leaving. He shot Milk five times on the way out of City Hall after personal animosity between the two had erupted earlier over a zoning dispute.

This is simply an attempt to silence critics of President Obama's disasterous policies because Pelosi has lost every argument of the last nine months. Trying to insinuate that somehow, Dan White was motivated by a Rush Limbaugh-style talker is a new low even for Pelosi.