Thursday, October 1, 2009

The unwritten rule: conservatives talk about their causes in stark, moralistic terms and progressives don’t

From the Nation:
After his GOP colleagues recovered from the shock of a Democrat actually calling them out, they demanded an apology.
Grayson returned to the House floor to announce that:
'I would like to apologize, I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America.'"
Yglesias puts it perfectly:
I think the real issue—and the real import—of Grayson’s statement is that it involved breaking one of the unspoken rules of modern American politics. The rule is that conservatives talk about their causes in stark, moralistic terms and progressives don’t.

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