Ed Driscoll

You Went Full Bircher, Man. Never Go Full Bircher

As I wrote last month in “The Rise of the John Birch Left:”

The original Birchers weren’t bad people, but their Cold War paranoia got the better of them. Similarly, as Charles Krauthammer famously said, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil,” which illustrates how a John Birch-style worldview can cause the modern leftists to take an equally cracked view of his fellow countrymen…

…Which brings us today to Marc Ambinder, who according to Wikipedia is a former White House correspondent at the National Journal, contributing editor at GQ and the Atlantic, and editor-at-large, at The Week where he blows the battle trumpet, Col. Kilgore-style: “Why Democrats should treat Republicans like their mortal enemy.”

We shall fight Republicans in the hardware stores, we shall fight them in the supermarkets and in the Rotary Clubs, we shall fight them in the hills of Simi Valley; we shall never surrender our socialist chains!

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I missed the memo though: When did Democrats stop treating Republicans like their mortal enemy?