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Oh, That Punitive Liberalism

"The 2013 Democratic Party reflects Richard Hofstadter’s warning about the paranoid style of politics," William A. Jacobson writes at his Legal Insurrection blog:

Laurel documented the other day the extreme language and demonization of Republicans coming from the highest levels of the Democratic Party, The new civility: Dems turn public debate into schoolyard taunts:

1. “Unhinged” Arsonists (Wasserman-Schultz)

2. Insane People Who “Have Lost their Minds” (Harry Reid)

3. “People with a Bomb Strapped to their Chest” (aka Terrorists)(Dan Pfeiffer)

4. Blatant Extortionists (Jay Carney)

5. “Legislative Arsonists” (Nancy Pelosi)

No longer is it just the deeper reaches of the left-blogosphere, it’s the ranking Democratic members of the House and Senate, and the White House, trying to paint Republicans as criminals.

The mainstream left media also has become unhinged, like Andrew Sullivan’s rant that the Elephant must be taken down for good:

This time, the elephant must go down. And if possible, it must be so wounded it does not get up for a long time to come.

Huh -- I guess Andrew's officially done calling himself a conservative. Took a few years, but I'm glad we finally cleared that up. And it's doubly ironic to watch a British-born pundit who no doubt thinks of himself as the second coming of George Orwell employ shooting an elephant as a metaphor.