Barack Obama, Evan Thomas and Chris Matthews don’t really fear conservative violence—or even bigotry against law-abiding American Muslims.
No, they fear that conservatives will be proven correct in the public mind.
They fear the public will be reminded who correctly identified the enemy all along.
There are few Americans who don’t know which side of the political argument was most likely to get in the way of a Nidal Hasan, and which side was most likely to enable him. They know which side would have taken seriously the concerns of the other doctors, students and soldiers who expressed reservations about Hasan, and which side would be likely to persecute them for sounding the alarm.
As the evidence mounts daily that Hasan was a hardcore jihadist and that fear of naming the enemy directly lead to the deaths at Fort Hood, liberals genuinely DO fear a backlash.
They fear it at the polls in 2010.