It gets bigger and bigger and bigger. Thank you New York Times for giving this alleged incident "legs". The right-wing noise nutbar machine is going wild .....
Check out this video of poor ole' Sparling (h/t Digby) and tell me if you don't think he's got an angle. If you can't stomach the whole thing, particularly watch the last minute of so:
I don't know if this guy was spit at or not. But I can tell you this from my personal experience. My wife and I went to the Washington peace march in fall 2005. It was a very very large march, like the one last weekend. There were all kinds of characters there with the vast majority of people very well-behaved. But of course, whenever you 100,000 people together you get all kinds.
Anyway, we walked by a small section of around 20 individuals who were pro-Bush/pro-war. There were catcalls, but nothing too dramatic. There were also police nearby monitoring the situation. Perhaps during the day .... and the passing of around 100,000 various public people ... there were some rude remarks made on both sides. But overall, it was much like a crowd watching animals in a zoo.
Bottom line? I doubt this guys story. But the right-wing media is eating it up like crazy. And because the left-wing media tends to play by more honest and ethical rules, all the protestors-hung-in-effigy type stuff never gets discussed.
The Clint Eastwood character Dirty Harry used to have a saying: "if you want to play lumberjack, you have to hold up your end of the saw". If this numbskull wants to go out into an antiwar protest and provoke a reaction, he's likely to eventually get it. Isn't it interesting how conservatives are all about personal responsibility and muscle and yet are nothing but embarrassing WATB*?