(DEAN BARNETT HERE)
You really have to check out Lanny Davis’ piece on the Opinion Journal site this morning. In the course of campaigning for Joe Lieberman, Davis discovered, much to his horror, “The far right does not have a monopoly on bigotry and hatred and sanctimony.”
What’s shocking about Lanny’s article isn’t his discovery of left wing bigotry, especially anti-Semitism. Nor, for that matter, is Lanny’s realization that the left is capable of spewing vast amounts of bile cause for stopping the presses.
What’s interesting about this piece is how, until recent weeks, Davis confesses to having been smugly comfortable in his assumption that the right wing, which he personifies by mentioning the names Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter and Michael Savage, was inherently less tolerant and more hateful than the left.
But how much has Davis really learned? Davis goes on to quote some of the overtly anti-Semitic things he’s discovered on the Daily Kos and the Huffington Post. He does not, however, define the allegedly comparable offenses committed by Coulter, Limbaugh and Savage. He specifically mentions Coulter’s “venomous hatred,” but doesn’t deign to identify Coulter’s “venomous hatred