When liberals are losing a political issue, they won’t hesitate to smear their opponents, even if the attacks are unfounded. Here are the Top 10 Liberal Hit Jobs:
1. Robert Bork: When President Reagan nominated Robert Bork to the Supreme Court, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy led the charge to defeat the brilliant jurist by any means necessary. Kennedy went to the Senate floor with this fanciful smear: “Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the government.”
2. Sarah Palin: The Left is so obsessed with the former Alaska governor that a new disorder—the Palin Derangement Syndrome—has been termed. While the media forgot to vet the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee, news organizations sent teams of reporters to Alaska when e-mails from her administration were released years after Palin’s term was over. From questioning her child’s birth to moving in next door in Wasilla, the liberal mainstream gets frenzied at the mere mention of her name.
3. Dick Cheney: The Left’s hatred of Vice President Dick Cheney reached epic proportions by the end of his eight years in office. He was portrayed as “Darth Vader” and supposedly led the U.S. into war against Iraq to help his buddies at Halliburton. There were calls for his impeachment and death. Liberal talk radio host Mike Malloy suggested that Cheney’s daughter should “do one thing with your useless life that will have some meaning. Go plan your father’s funeral.”
4. Clarence Thomas: Clarence Thomas endured a “high-tech lynching” when liberal groups used Anita Hill’s sexual harassment charges to try to stop his ascent to the Supreme Court. As Thomas said at his1992 confirmation hearing, “This is a circus. It’s a national disgrace. And from my standpoint, as a black American, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves. … You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate rather than hung from a tree.”
5. Tea Party: Ever since the Tea Party movement burst onto the national scene in 2009 in opposition to President Obama’s Big Government agenda, it has been vilified by the Left. Liberal commentators and public officials have slurred the group, using a vulgar term to characterize it, saying it was full of racists, comparing it to terrorists, and likening it to the Taliban.
6. George W. Bush: The Left never forgave George Bush for defeating the sainted Albert Arnold Gore Jr. in the 2000 contested election, and spent the next eight years (with a slight respite following 9/11) trying to smear the President. He was characterized as a dimwit led by Dick Cheney, Karl Rove or the neo-conservatives. Lefties chanted, “Bush lied, people died.” Dan Rather pushed forged Air National Guard records. Movies were made about his assassination.
7. Ronald Reagan: While liberals now grudgingly acknowledge that President Reagan was a transformative leader, during his administration he was alternatively derided as a dangerous extremist or a lightweight “amiable dunce.” The Gipper deftly ignored their yapping and took his message of liberty and economic freedom directly to the American people.
8. Religious right: The Washington Post in 1993 described Christian evangelicals as “poor, uneducated and easy to command,” and the rare time there is violence at an abortion clinic, the entire pro-life movement is characterized as wild-eyed extremists. No demographic segment in America is as routinely mocked by the liberal media as conservative Christians.
9. Newt Gingrich: Even before Republicans took back the House in 1994, Newt Gingrich was called a backbench bomb-thrower by the liberal media, and when he began to implement the Contract with America, the personal attacks accelerated. As he launched his current run for President, the media was more concerned about his Tiffany’s bill and staffing issues than his policy agenda.
10. Herman Cain: Just as the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza rose in the polls, Politico launched its hit job on Herman Cain with charges of an unstated nature from unnamed sources, all from more than a decade ago. Whoever ultimately wins the nod, expect the Left to drop a pile of slime on the 2012 GOP contender for President.