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A Blue journalist misunderstands America.

Feb 12, 2007, Vol. 12, No. 21 • By GERARD ALEXANDER
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Edsall doesn't seem to realize that to say that only Republicans talk relentlessly from talking points is a relentlessly repeated Democratic talking point. To accuse conservatives of being distinctively motivated by anger and prejudice is, itself, an expression of anger and prejudice. This is one of those rare arguments that, in the course of being made, disproves itself. At most, Edsall concedes that Demo crats have been forced to toughen up by Republican practices. Perhaps the implication is that Terry McAuliffe and Chuck Schumer were soft touches before Lee Atwater and Karl Rove smacked them around.

Once upon a time, it took reality to mug a liberal. Now all it takes is a few Republican campaign consultants.

Gerard Alexander is associate professor of politics at the University of Virginia and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.