"He Hates America"

NRO linked to this unhinged rant. It packs in so many paranoid stereotypes that its hard to know where to start. Is he a closet communist? Is he controlled by his angry wife? Was his father a drunk? Did his mother hate America? It goes on and on. It should be said that strong criticism of Obama's views, policies, and even a skeptical view of his past are perfectly legitimate. Stories like this one in the Times of London should be appearing in the US press more often. But the primal toxin of reactionary fear that one sees circling the drain of American conservatism says more about Obama's enemies than about him. One new hope one feels in this election cycle is that Obama might be a poultice that brings more of this bile to the surface and help us get past it. It will be a good thing for the American right if we do.