Maybe some on the left have a case of TPDS (Tea Party Derangement Syndrome). They get worked into such a lather about the alleged radicalism of the Tea Parties, based on a few documented cases of nuttiness and nastiness among a broad-based, diffuse grassroots movement, yet are oblivious to their own narrow-mindedness.
Sonicfrog asks for such lefties to engage in a little introspection:
It’s funny; in a week where a liberal black man gets fired by white extremist neo-tolerant liberals for expressing and dealing with his inner fears about Muslims and terrorism, the same extremist neo-tolerant liberal types are wringing their hands analyzing the cognitive biases within the Tea Party movement, desperately trying to understand why it’s become so popular, and generally trying to figure out “what the hell is going on.”
Commenting on the Berkeley conference (trying “to make sense of the Tea Party movement“) which inspired Sonic’s post, Ann Althouse quips, “the very idea of a Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements makes me want to run in the other direction.”
FROM THE COMMENTS: The man who inspired this post answers the post’s title in the negative:
No, it’s not a new fad. They simply transfer the object of their animus from one target to the next. There was “Reagan The Enemy Of All Things Good And Virtuous” and then it was “George H W Bush The Enemy Blah Blah Blah” to GW to Rove to Cheney to McCain to Palin to the Tea Party to….