In the aftermath of the attempted bombings of George Soros, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John Brennan, I’m going to be pessimistic on an already-dark day. We’ve seen this movie before. We know what’s going to happen next, and none of it is good. Everything about our polarization is about to get worse.
First — on the left — even before the evidence is in, the conventional wisdom will harden that the attacks were Donald Trump’s fault (or at least that his rhetoric played a role), and that any concerns about Democratic mobs or Democratic violence represent a frivolous and bad-faith diversion from the imperative of opposing the real enemy. As Andy McCarthy notes, mainstream news organizations are already pointedly stating that the targets of the attack are also targets of Trump’s rhetoric.