I have one primary problem with Townhall Magazine‘s new list of “The 100 Americans the Left Hates Most“: it’s completely mistitled.
Really it’s not about who the Left hates the most, it’s about who the most prominent people are on the Right right now in broadcasting, politics, activism, new media and think tanks. These are not the same thing at all. There are plenty of big and important conservatives who the Left might dislike but doesn’t actually hate at a visceral level. Can you look me in the eye and say the Left hates Mitch McConnell, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner? How about Marco Rubio who’s barely been on the political scene? And with all due respect to Hot Air, the single most vital conservative blog online, Ed Morrissey and Allah Pundit aren’t hated by the Left. (And Ed seems to acknowledge this.)
What’s clear is that the Townhall list was assembled by traditional conservatives, not ex-leftist conservatives. Thus it’s obvious that they’re not going to get it right when compiling who the Left hates. Why? Because the majority of traditional conservatives really don’t understand the Left. If they did then they wouldn’t lose in the Left’s political wars time and time again.
As an ex-leftist who actually did once hate many of the people on Townhall‘s list it was easy to go through with a razor blade and narrow down who the Left really hates and more importantly, who they hate the most. First, before I get a bunch of commenters wailing, here are the two criterion for the list that Townhall set:
1. They have to be alive.
2. They have to be Americans. (Thus no Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Geert Wilders, etc.)
OK, let’s get started: