I am saying that the vast majority of vitriol is coming from the left.
Or that he is "dumb" because of his views:
Here is the humor of Joe the Plumber. He was put up by the Republican Party in the fall of 2008 as the symbol of the spirit of the new Republicanism. He was the face of the Republican view of middle America. Nearly everybody on the Right jumped on the Joe bandwagon, and when it comes out that Joe the Plumber might not have been all he said he was...well, you guys jumped right to his defense, not once thinking about the unintended consequence of those decisions. Since he was Republican, and since he was against Obama, he should be defended.
If you want to see where vitriol started, go back to a multimillion dollar Ken Starr investigation of a blowjob. Not the lie, the blowjob. Think about how politics were discussed prior to that slice in time and how they have been discussed afterwards.
Then look at little thing called Swiftboating. See how the vitriol escalated after that. If you don't want to think about Republicans picking on Democrats, think about the Bush/McCain brown baby incident [that would be Karl Rove]. Are the dots starting to connect?
So, we took your posterboy for the New Republicanism, watched him and Sarah! as they careened through interview after interview time and again showing that they lacked clarity of thought to present an articulate position.
Could it be that they just were not polished? Turns out not to be the case.
You have a Marine sword with your dress uniform that symbolizes the forging and honing of a Marine to a lethal weapon. Critical Thinking skills are the very same. Some people have finely honed skills and others only have a lump of iron, lacking the forging, shaping, normalizing, edging and honing that makes those skills useful. You guys just picked some folks that have not been through the complete process...and may never.
We point that out because if they hold the standards of YOUR party, that affects everyone at some point. Because we are selfish, and want the best possible country for everyone, we would really, REALLY like you guys to put some very smart, legitimate folks up as leaders.