Don’t encourage political road rage

DON’T ENCOURAGE POLITICAL ROAD RAGE…. About a week ago in Nashville, Mark Duren picked up his 10-year-old daughter from school and was headed home, when Harry Weisiger saw that Duren’s family car has an Obama-Biden bumper sticker. Weisiger, who did not know Duren, proceeded to lose his mind.

“He pointed at the back of my car, the bumper,” Duren said, “flipped me off, one finger salute.” Weisiger proceeded to ram into Duren’s vehicle, with Duren and his young daughter inside. Weisiger was caught and charged with felony reckless endangerment.

A few days later, Sarah Palin appeared at a right-wing rally in Nevada and encouraged her minions to “stop” those who drive cars with Obama bumper stickers:

“[T]hat bumper sticker you see on the next Subaru driving by, an Obama bumper sticker. You should stop the driver and say, ‘So how is that hopey, changey thing working out for you?'”

First, that “hopey, changey thing” is working out pretty well, thanks.

Second, encouraging right-wing activists to confront perfect strangers based on bumper stickers with the president’s name on them seems like an extraordinarily bad idea.

As John Cole put it, “I can’t be the only one who could see a potential problem with teabagging Palinites randomly stopping people with Obama stickers and taunting them. Certainly nothing could go wrong with this plan.”

That Palin would even recommend such a thing after the bizarre incident in Tennessee is insane, even for the odd former half-term governor.