Well, for once, Lanny and I agree on something. Having just been in a policial discussion with my boss, who is a liberal somewhere left of Cynthia McKinney, I could see the anger and emotion in her eyes and hear it in her
They are so married to this hatred of conservatives and their ideas, or even anyone that doesn't agree with them, including more moderate Democrats (read: Joe Lieberman) have to be hated, that I'm not sure how they'll ever reconcile their emotions into some form of reasonableness.
Now during the 90's, there was some definite dislike of Bill Clinton and in some wings of the conservative/libertarian movements, some definite hatred. But I never saw it to this degree. I never saw the hatred to the point of not just wanting to defeat their ideas, but to destroy them personally and politically. Clinton used a term that I think is actually applicable today, 'the politics of personal destruction'. He used it in a paranoid fashion where he was accusing his opponents of trying to personally destroy him, when in actuality, he WAS having sex in the Oval Office with an intern (thus showing himself to be a liar). However, most conservatives knew that Clinton was just a buffoon, not really someone to be hated, but rather worked against to ensure that his policies didn't become law.
Something I find interesting is that during the 2000 election, I was having a debate online with an anarchist, who said that if Bush wins, activism will begin to awake from an 8 year slumber and start showing up again. I disagreed with his take that activism had been dead, merely that it takes different forms when Republicans are doing it than when Democrats are. But he certainly was right, the leftwing/anarchist activists are out in full force, marching in the streets, protesting, etc.
Always wondered why Republican/conservatives don't do that, and then I remembered that the majority of us have jobs...jobs that don't let us do that sort of thing. Not in unions where they're paid to show up to protests like that. Not students who live off mommy and daddy's money. Jobs. The types of jobs that keep the economy moving forward so that mommy and daddy can keep sending the punk anarchists to school, and the types of jobs that help prop up those failed unions.