Thursday, February 07, 2008

Hillary hatred analogous to rabid antisemitism

Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt concurs that the insane personal hatred the conservative movement has for Hillary Clinton is analogous to the demonized conception of Jews that hard core anti-semites hold.

While Professor Lipstadt was making the more measured observation that both forms of hatred are based in irrational prejudice discconnected from reality, I would go further and suggest that the Clintons play a role in movement conservative lore that "the Jews" play in the world-view of antisemite extremists; i.e. being the Hofstadter-eque Enemy controlling the world. The similarity even extends to the paranoid conspiracies about her being out to control America (and the planet through a one world government.)

2 comments:

vRad said...

Unfortunately, it is this hatred that makes me wish Hillary does not win the nomination from the Democratic side. While McCain will appeal to a few democrats, Hillary will not appeal to any republicans. With the country being evenly split, this would tantamount to a republican victory, and that would be disaster...

I am not an American citizen, and dont plan on being here too long, but seeing the utter destruction that the policies of the current US president has cased around the world, I can only hope that a saner president takes office in 2009. Unfortunately, the craziest democratic candidate (barring Kucinich maybe) is saner than the sanest Republican candidate, so a democratic victory is all that matters right now...

Sheldon said...

H.G.,
Here is another article on the irrationality of Hillary hate.

http://fish.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/03/all-you-need-is-hate/?8ty&emc=ty