…Well, you can fill in your own metaphor because mine is not suitable for public consumption.
In the wake of our comments this morning, Hugh Hewitt brought up our old friend Jacob Weisberg of Slate. You remember good ‘ol Jake? In our review of the left wing religiously based attack on Romney in ’08 we said:
Far and away the most bigoted, nastiest religious attack to come from the left side of the aisle was Jacob Weisberg’s December 2006 Slate piece. This was the piece that included the now infamous phrase, “the founding whoppers of Mormonism.” This piece went on to become one we cited again and again and again on the blog as pure, unthinking, left-leaning bigotry….
Hewitt said this morning:
(I don’t know if Weisberg has denounced opponents of the mosque as bigots,but it certainly wouldn’t surprise me.)
Well, we still have not found Slate or Weisberg calling GZM opponents bigots, but they do seem to have it out for Republicans of faith. Ramesh Ponnuru points out on The Corner this evening that Slate has run a piece trying to make more of Sharon Angle’s unfortunate religious comments than is really there.
Angle’s invocation of here faith in a Las Vegas Sun interview may mark the lowest point of a poorly run campaign. However, despite her missteps and malapropisms she remains a far preferable choice in comparison to Harry Reid. What is unbelievable is that Slate would pile onto a campaign clearly faltering with an attack of this sort. She gave them plenty of ammunition without having to stoop to this level of innuendo and sleight-of-hand. It seems clear Slate, as edited by Weisberg, would agree with the recent Prop 8 ruling that religion causes harm and therefore feels justified in this sort of attack there upon.
This move clearly signals what we said would happen if religious attacks against Romney were allowed to stand in ’08 – such attacks would broaden to people of all faiths – and so it begins. We’ll see about the current mid-terms when they turn serious in a couple of weeks – chances are they will just be the preliminaries. But I think we can be assured that 2012 will be “open season” on faith. Sadly by failing to defend someone of a different, but closely related, faith, we will have set ourselves up for it.