As I noted earlier in the year, The New Republic’s rhetoric is getting more extreme in what is probably an attempt to win back the left-wing subscribers it lost in the last few years. (Or, maybe it’s because the folks at TNR genuinely want to turn hard left–not sure which is worst).
Today TNR continues the trend by labeling Club for Growth as “tax-cutting maniacs.” What, exactly, have the people running CFG done to warrant the term “maniacs”? Be vigorous and uncompromising in promoting the issues they care about? If so, does that mean that we can now refer to NARAL as pro-abortion maniacs or Families USA as government-run health care maniacs?
That is one of the results of adopting the mentality of the political extremes: you don’t much think about the consequences of using inflammatory rhetoric.
Of course, it’s not as bad as saying something like “moronic brownshirt f***s”, but you can only go so far when you are trying to stay respectable.