One of my old high school classmates, who is gay and Progressive, posted a heartfelt plea today that all of his Facebook friends do whatever is necessary to keep the “evil” Romney out of office. Evil? That’s an awfully strong word. Hitler was evil. Mao was evil. Stalin was evil. Pol Pot was evil. Saddam Hussein was evil.
But what the heck has Romney ever said or done to earn the appellation evil? I meant to ask my friend, but my computer is dying and for reasons entirely unclear to me, it will no longer let me post any comments to Facebook. I’ll have a new computer by next week and, if I remember, I’ll politely ask this guy why Romney is “evil” as opposed to merely being a mainstream politician and member of Lincoln’s party, whose mainstream politics somehow offend this guy.
I’m actually being a bit disingenuous here. I’ve known for decades that Conservatives think Progressives are misguided; while Progressives think Conservatives are evil. It’s just that I don’t remember this level of hysteria from before. People disagreed, but the passion that characterizes the “Leave Britney alone!” video wasn’t as obvious, and the insults weren’t so blatant.