While waiting for my brother-in-law and checking my accumulated e-mail, I caught this in James Taranto’s Best of the Web:
But we have argued for years against the pernicious practice of falsely imputing racism to one’s opponents in order to discredit them–a practice so common among liberals that entire academic subspecialties are devoted to it.
That does seem to be the main purpose of imputing racism to the Tea Party protesters. Unwilling to address the concerns they raise, their critics resort to mean-spirited slurs.
Perhaps when I have a moment, I might try to probe their “need” to call their opponents racist, you know, as some would do in an “academic discipline.”