November 18, 2010

CIRCULAR FIRING SQUAD ALERT: “A coalition of conservative organizations and leaders pledged today to field primary opponents for Republican senators who ‘unfairly’ criticize Sen. Jim DeMint, the South Carolina Republican who led an insurgent funding effort that helped elect several of the six GOP freshmen senators in the 112th Congress.”

Going after people over policy is fine. Going after people over criticism of politicians is thuggish. It’s even kinda . . . MoveOnish. Need I say more?

UPDATE: Dan Riehl says I’m wrong, but I have to say that — as someone who’s been quite supportive of DeMint’s efforts — I don’t find Dan’s tone particularly reassuring on the non-MoveOnish front . . . .

ANOTHER UPDATE: A reader emails: “He’s the target of a leak campaign by the Senate Republican leadership. This is well known among movement conservatives. The moveon.org comparison seems better aimed at the leakers than his defenders. Just my opinion. But that’s probably what annoys Dan.”

I didn’t know that.

MORE: Relax, folks. Dan and I have kissed and made up.

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