It would appear that Richard Cohen, a liberal columnist at the Washington Post, has discovered the rabid Left of the Democrat Party and finds them to be a danger. They were not amused by his criticism of Steve Colbert’s comedy routine the other day:
…The e-mails pulse in my queue, emanating raw hatred. This spells trouble — not for Bush or, in 2008, the next GOP presidential candidate, but for Democrats. The anger festering on the Democratic left will be taken out on the Democratic middle. (Watch out, Hillary!) I have seen this anger before — back in the Vietnam War era. That’s when the antiwar wing of the Democratic Party helped elect Richard Nixon. In this way, they managed to prolong the very war they so hated.
The hatred is back. I know it’s only words now appearing on my computer screen, but the words are so angry, so roiled with rage, that they are the functional equivalent of rocks once so furiously hurled during antiwar demonstrations. I can appreciate some of it. Institution after institution failed America — the presidency, Congress and the press. They all endorsed a war to rid Iraq of what it did not have. Now, though, that gullibility is being matched by war critics who are so hyped on their own sanctimony that they will obliterate distinctions, punishing their friends for apostasy and, by so doing, aiding their enemies. If that’s going to be the case, then Iraq is a war its critics will lose twice — once because they couldn’t stop it and once more at the polls.
It is because of this fringe, Mr. Cohen, which has become mainstream in the DNC, that I loathe your party. They are everything you say they are and worse. The Kossack-wing of the DNC angers me far greater than the nutjobs in the Republican Party. If the Dems ever wish to not only win nationally again, but also maintain their winnings along with expanding them, they need to eject this rabid contingent or they will continue losing with only the occasional win when the GOP really screws up.
Of course lest the GOP get cocky over this, let them remember that they have their own problems as well with conservatives being very unhappy (myself included).