Similar, but still very different

There’s a bit of a kerfuffle down at CPAC, where it turns out that not-quite-certified psycho moonbat stalker Mike Stark (the guy who assaulted a security guard at a George Allen event in order to “exercise his right to free speech” and demand if Allen had spat on his first wife) “covertly infiltrated” the event in order to get a picture with Michelle Malkin, another “object of his affection.”

Based on Stark’s prior record and animosity towards right-wingers, Malkin, her family, colleagues,and friends are certainly entitled to be concerned. After all, in addition to Stark’s own history with Allen (shoving the bodyguard aside), there have been other incidents of “unhinged” left-wingers physically assaulting those they disagree with.

But then I happened to look a little further down Hot Air’s page, and found this article. Here’s Hot Air staffer Ian Schwartz, posing quite chummily with Maureen Dowd. Isn’t that picture a rather remarkable parallel with Michelle unknowingly posing with her stalker?

On the surface, yes. And for those who appreciate irony, to have those two postings sharing one page is quite ironic. But there are differences that, as they say, make all the difference.

1) Stark lied and misrepresented himself to gain access to Malkin. On the other hand, note that Schwartz is wearing a name tag (presumably declaring his affiliation with Hot Air) and made no bones about who and what he is.

2) Schwartz was an invited guest of the event, unlike Stark. Dowd was the outsider, but came there openly, making no bones about who and what she is. Stark entered under false colors.

3) While both photos were taken with the intent of posting them for ironic enjoyment (and, let’s be honest, a healthy amount of derision of the distaff object of both), Dowd must have known that sort of thing would happen when she ventured into “the lion’s den” of CPAC. Malkin, on the other hand, was operating under what should have been a safe assumption that she was among friends.

4) This is rather painful to admit, but in this case Dowd comes across looking far better than Stark. Both are deranged moonbats, but Dowd had the decency and integrity to enter as herself, flying her own flag. Stark — thanks in large part to the reputation as a borderline violent stalker he’s so assiduously developed — knew that he would be excluded if he openly declared himself and his intentions, so he “flew under the radar” and “infiltrated” the gathering.

So yeah, on the surface, you can argue that it’s hypocritical of Hot Air to celebrate the picture of one of their own with Maureen Dowd, while simultaneously freaking over Stark’s picture of himself with Michelle Malkin.

You can argue that, but you’d be wrong.

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