Conservative columnist Kathleen Parker was surprised by the vicious and threatening e-mail she got after suggesting that Sarah Palin should do John McCain a favor by quitting the ticket.
First Draft offers some terrific insights into Parker's predicament:
Honestly, what did you think?
These are the people who called 9/11 widows grief pimps . . .
These are the people who laughed at the idea of Timothy McVeigh making a detour to the New York Times Building. . . .
These are the people who said Pat Tillman's family should shut up and go away. That Cindy Sheehan was a whore. That Valerie Plame was a criminal. That Richard Clarke was a monster.
Did you think it would be different because you've written favorably of their pet causes in the past? The past doesn't exist to these people. There is no yesterday. There is no last week. There is no last year. There's only today, and you're with them or you're not. . . .