We now turn to The Column of Apocrypha
Let’s see here, Robert Musil pulls some wild assertion out of his paranoid ass:
But there may be a genuine political climate of fear in some parts of the United States – including my corner of Los Angeles:
Many Republicans are afraid to put Bush-Cheney bumper stickers on their cars or signs on their lawns because they are afraid of physical retaliation from angry liberals.
It is not just that one sees few Bush-Cheney bumper stickers and lawn signs – even in areas in which one knows his support is high. I do not have such a bumper sticker or lawn sign. In fact, most Bush supporters I have asked, even those who are fairly passionate on the topic, just don’t think the risk of a key-scratch or broken home or car window, or much worse, is worth whatever benefit one receives from a partisan bumper sticker or lawn sign. There are just too many personal stories of cars and homes defaced and damaged.
…and those personal stories are? Well apparently the climate of fear is so pervasive that Musil can’t even relate them to us lest he incite the violent hordes of Bush haters into a frenzy precipitating the Great Anti-Republican Pogrom of 2004 resulting in burned-out homes, destroyed families and badly keyed cars. But that doesn’t stop Stanley Kurtz from picking up the ball and running with it.
Based in Los Angeles, Musil says most Republicans he’s spoken with are afraid to put Bush-Cheney bumper stickers on their cars, or signs on their lawns, for fear of physical retaliation from angry liberals. The problem is not symmetrical, says Musil. Stickers and signs for Kerry are widespread in Republican neighborhoods. Yet even in their own communities, Republicans are holding back. Intrigued by Musil’s claim, I put up a post on NRO’s blog, The Corner, asking for reader comment. I was quickly flooded with nearly 300 e-mails, almost all of them backing Musil. Here is the story they told.
There is a climate of fear. Again and again, Corner readers say they’ve been scared off of posting bumper stickers by visions of having their cars keyed or their windows smashed. A typical comment: “Putting a Bush-Cheney sticker on my car would be like adding a bulls-eye that says, ‘Please vandalize my truck.'” A reader from Arlington, Va., who lives just a few blocks from national Bush-Cheney headquarters, says he was not afraid to use bumper stickers in 1996 or 2000, but wouldn’t do so this year. Bush lawn signs are feared, not only as an invitation to vandalism, but because they might permanently alienate neighbors. A man whose wife was handicapped and dependent on neighbors in case of emergency was wary of starting a neighborhood “war” with a sign. This was a common worry among Bush supporters, even in less dire circumstances
How about that? A bunch of people living in the echo chamber known as The Corner have confirmed Stanley’s suspicions, and, hey, that’s good enough for him. I mean they wouldn’t lie would they? I love this part:
Several readers noted that Kerry bumper stickers seem to show up mostly on Mercedes, BMWs, and other “high-end Euro-steel,” while Bush-Cheney cars are more modest American models.
…and did you know that those “more modest American models” are being driven by women in respectable Republican cloth coats? No. Really. It’s true.
Next week Kurtz, who is a homophobe’s homophobe, will ask his male readers to relate any incidents where a gay man attempted to hit on them, and I’m sure these hardworking patriotic family men will flood him with emails about furtive gropes of their firm jutting buttocks during an office party and how they floored the offending party with a quick shot to the jaw which was witnessed by their ball-breaking lesbian boss who was so overcome with lust by their manly response that she has now become their personal blowjob love-slut.
People tell me that happens all the time.
And I believe it…