“To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil,” Charles Krauthammer wrote in 2002. And viewing someone of a differing ideology as being evil is a very different stance than viewing him as simply uninformed or otherwise somehow misguided.
Or as Michael Walsh wrote this past July:
The key to understanding the Left is knowing that they inhabit a Manichean fantasy world in which history is controlled by roiling, magical forces, in which signs, symbols, and portents are more important than empirical reality and in which their opponents are not just wrong but evil. They see life as a zero-sum game of winners and losers, with themselves cast as the heroes of their own overarching ur-Narrative, from which all other their other dialectic narratives (rich vs. poor, black vs. white, “privileged” vs. the undeserving poor, the “war on women,” etc.) flow.
As Jonathan Last writes, “‘Evil’? I’m sorry. Are you f***ing kidding?”
Let’s pretend we’re going to accept all of the substantive criticisms of Rumsfeld. He was wrong about Iraq. He dictatorially imposed his mistaken views on his subordinates and refused to listen to contrary opinions. At some point he became blinded to incoming evidence because of his own blinkered commitment to his course of action. Even if all of that is true, it doesn’t make him evil. Not even close.
You know who’s evil? Mohammad Atta was evil. And I wouldn’t make such a big deal over Geer not being able to make moral distinctions between Donald Rumsfeld and Mohammad Atta, except that he tweeted this on, you know, the f***ing anniversary of September 11.
Twelve years before Donald Rumseld had the pleasure of meeting Stephen Geer, he spent his morning helping to carry wounded colleagues out of the burning Pentagon.
“Stephen Geer was Director of Email and Online Fundraising for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. He is now a partner at OMP in Washington, DC,” according to his Twitter profile.
It goes without saying that his former boss shares an exceedingly similar worldview.