Hate probably comes into it, to an extent, but it is a blend of sentiments all mixed up together. Palin elicits feelings of dread and fear in me. Bemusement. Bewilderment. Despair. Annoyance. Bitterness. But nothing I have not carefully thought over or discussed with the wife.
To which I can only say: All the abuse leaves me none the wiser. Palin is to me, no better than any other politician, but crucially, she is no worse, no dumber, no more fatuous. She is, however, much more open and honest.
It seems to me that much of the outrage is that we don't want to confront the honest truth of what useless meatsacks our politicians are, because let's face it, it doesn't exactly reflect well on us for voting them in, does it?