It amazes me sometimes the vitriol espoused by some people over various political folk (Mrs. Palin, I’m thinking of you in particular). The hatred they arouse is truly awe-inspiring at times, but I only sort of understand it.
Let’s get a few obvious things straight: Obama, Palin, Biden, you name any one of these “controversial figures” and I’ll strongly disagree with them on many different topics. I’ll vent frustration over the dumb things they say or the bad policies they support. There are only few times, likely, you’ll see me agreeing with them on anything.
But hate? I don’t think so.
In fact, I’m sure that, were I to meet any one of them in person, I would be struck fairly well by how charismatic they were. Obama, Bush, Clinton… any one of them would be impressive in person. I’ve not met any of them personally nor been anywhere near them (and I doubt I ever will) but you don’t get to be President of the United States without having a bit of charm and presence.
Well, not usually.