Yesterday Wizbang’s content was dedicated entirely to commemorating the five year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, both paying tribute to those lost and honoring those who acted so heroically in response to the the unprecedented challenges faced that day, and in the five years since. For one day we eschewed politics so that we could properly pay tribute. Unfortunately, for some one day was too much to let go by without engaging in partisan sniping. Some even reached full derangement status.
On a thread dedicated to remembering 9/11, one comment, which I immediately deleted, was dedicated to a rant about us commemorating the anniversary of the moron George Bush’s “My Pet Goat” moment. I usually let such comments stand because they generally help me make my point. In this case, though, the comment took away from the solemnity of the day. Evidently the commenter forgot that we were memorializing the deaths of almost 3000 Americans.
Last night I wrote a personal account of the way I remember 9/11. No politics was included. The first comment in response to the post was a lengthy cut and paste conspiracy screed about how George Bush (41) was involved in a nefarious Carlyle Group meeting with bin Laden’s brother on 9/11. Evidently, one day is just too much to ask from some people. James Joyner at Outside the Beltway found many more examples, both from the left side of the blogosphere, and in the media.
It was not just anonymous commenters at political blogs and partisan media types who could not control their derangement for just one day though. Some Democrat politicians could not control themselves either. Robert Byers at Watchman’s Words posted the following as just the first in a list of examples (from the Sun Gazette):
Moran then maneuvered into more sensitive ground, suggesting that the country was not safer and intimating that the Bush administration’s foreign policy was headed in the wrong directions.”More people hate us,” Moran said, a comment that drew an outburst from the crowd.”My brother died on 9/11 – don’t make this political,” a woman in audience cried out.
Robert Byers thinks this is an example of how Democrats risk throwing away the advantage most believe they enjoy heading into the mid-term elections.
These elected officials and candidates are not some fringe of kooks. (Both parties have plenty of those.) These are the mainstream–the leaders of the party of FDR, Harry Truman, JFK and Scoop Jackson, who must all be turning over in their graves. I have to believe that this is going to backfire on them in a big way, and that once again the Dems will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the elections now just 8 weeks away. If the American people pay the least bit of attention, they will receive the electoral punishment their insanity so richly deserves.
I couldn’t agree more.
Update: Mary Katharine Ham has a column about those who think they know the “truth” about 9/11.