It is hilariously funny when a British newspaper calls 59,000,000 Americans stupid for voting for President Bush. And it is pathetic when a liberal author in an article called, I kid you not, Why Americans Hate Democrats—A Dialogue writes some pretty hate-filled stuff.
This is an example of what Hollywood Democrats think of Republicans and whisper amongst themselves and this, it is safe to say, will never be the start of a intelligent dialogue:
Smiley says in her article that Republicans are full of ignorance and bloodlust, full of original sin and have a taste for violence, are greedy and full of classic Republican feelings of superiority, slug people from behind, abdicate all critical thinking, think that they are among the chosen, do not want to be told what to do, prefer to be ignorant, are virtually unteachable, are big capitalists who have no morals, have the habit of virulent racism, are predatory and resentful, are amoral, avaricious, and arrogant, love to cheat and intimidate, and they are borne of hubris and hatred.
In addition, Ms Smiley throws in a weird reference to Quantrill's raid in Lawrence, KS in 1862 as some sort of irrational example of how violence-prone red staters are. She seems to forget that Quantrill was a pro-slavery fanatic while it is generally accepted that President Lincoln freed the slaves and was a Republican or maybe I am one of those ignorant people she is talking about.
I guess if Smiley thinks that Republicans are all these things then the corollary is that Democrats are not. It will be hard for Democrats and Republicans to come together to make this a better country if we have people on one side writing things like this.
Update: The Volokh Conspiracy discusses.
Update: RedState laughs at Jane Smiley. We all do.
Update: Everyone joins in the fun. Sensing, Simon, Wretchard, and Bob on Confederate Yankee who fisks Smiley's Quantrill error. A great post on the Belmont Club by Dymphna just about sums everything up for us. Smiley is down for the count.