What we don’t have is any credible evidence (even incredible evidence) that the “climate of hate” in Dallas had anything to do with it. If you look at the newsreels of the day, with thousands upon thousands of adoring people lining the motorcade route, I’ll be damned if I see any credible evidence of a climate of hate.
Just remain aware of that over the next few days. You’ll be convinced the Tea Party shot Kennedy (both of them, and MLK, Jr.—even Buddy Holly and Richie Valens) by the end of this week.
Before it’s all said and done, before they finish with this, the Tea Party will actually be said to have had its roots in Dallas in 1963 and that the madcap, extremist, right-wing lunaticism is actually the spawning place of the modern day Tea Party.
Don’t doubt me.
Look, even when I make jokes about these people I end up being right about ‘em, so don’t discount that.
I know how it feels, El Rushbo.
PS: Another point about the “climate of hate” in Dallas: Texas went for Kennedy in 1960. Having Johnson on the ticket helped, of course—not least in stealing a fair number of votes—but if Texas hated Kennedy so much, Texas would have joined the 27 states (by my count) that voted against him.
PPS: One more small thing. In watching some of the Kennedy hagiography going on, something puzzled me. They described Kennedy as being raised in New York, and as being seen as a carpetbagger when he first ran for Congress in 1946. Huh? I thought he was Boston’s first son. The facts: Kennedy was born in Brookline; the family moved to Riverdale, New York when he was 10; he attended Choate (in CT) for high school, and wanted to go to Princeton for college until his father intervened; thence to Harvard; after graduation in 1940, he mostly worked for his father until enlisting in the war. No big deal; his mother’s side had long roots in Boston, and the family spent a lot of time at the compound on the Cape. But he didn’t exactly grow up going to Red Sox games and taking in Symphony concerts.