Yesterday I wrote a post critical of Sarah Palin for her remarks about church/state separation, and her advocacy for returning the U.S. to it's supposed "Christian roots." As criticism of Palin goes, it was pretty mild stuff. I made it clear in that post, and in others, that I don't accept that left's hate-infused caricature of Palin.
Most of Palin's policy positions fall well within the GOP mainstream. I'm not a fan of hers, and I would not be happy to see her as the Republican nominee for president. I was not impressed with her performance in 2008, and have other problems with her as well. But she isn't in any way terrifying, or some horrific threat that "responsible" Republicans have an obligation to oppose.But even on this blog, which has a small audience, my minor criticism of Palin managed to attract an angry Palin-worshipper, who among other things, labeled me a "cultural Marxist" for daring to object to Palin's words. That type of reaction is typical among fanatical Palin followers. I'm not too worried about Palin herself, but many of her followers exemplify the worst elements of the right -- the clowns who want to narrow the GOP to only true believers who fit all of their litmus tests, and who demonize anyone who deviates from what they see as "true" conservatism.
A couple of days ago, Quin Hillyer at the American Spectator also wrote a post critical of Sarah Palin called, "The Problem With Palin." Needless to say it didn't go over too well with Palin fans. I noticed that someone even called Hillyer, whose conservative credentials are long-established, a "liberal troll." The reaction of Palin's fanatical supporters to any criticism of her is eerily similar to that of Obama drones: demonization of the critics. Instead of calling critics racists, Palin-worshippers call fellow conservatives "liberals."