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Saturday, October 31, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Michelle Malkin:  Radical leftist GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava quits.

I can fully appreciate that Malkin prefers Hoffman over Scozzafava and, further, that she has her own vision of what she would prefer the Republican Party to be.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

However, it seems as if some people (such as Malkin) are hellbent on misusing the language.  Only in an incredibly narrow (and, I hasten to add, fictional) ideological world could Scozzafava be a “leftist” let alone a “radical.”  Why is it so impossible to at least try to use these terms properly?

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4 Responses to “Dumbest Headline in re: Scozzafava”

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    1. Mark Says:

      I am conservative and could not agree with you more! We have been losing the war to call people what they are for years with liberals and should not be more careful. The reality is that there is a middle in politics and even if the left and the right do not like it they should recognize it and respect the people for what they are.

    2. Polimom Says:

      I think there’s some understanding to be found in Andrew Sullivan’s post on this today. (Link

      They (the far right) seem to be consolidating toward an ideological purity. They may achieve this, too — but at an extremely high cost.

    3. narciso Says:

      She is for card check, which is a major advance for the left. She was for the stimulus, it’s dubious what her position on cap n trade is, or the public option, how about Afghanistan, she may
      not programmatically left, but it works out that way. Her economic positions were a priori more
      important than Hoffman’s social positions. But there again, she not only is pro choice, but she gets a Margaret Sanger award. Stop trying to pretend that Andrew Sullivan makes sense about anything
      that ship has sailed long ago

    4. Brett Says:

      @ narciso..

      Every fact you say is true, but is has nothing to do with her being a radical leftist. Mao Zedong and Che Guevara were radical leftists - I can’t think of a prominent US politician who I would throw into that category at all. The issue is not over whether she is liberal or not, but about people like Michelle Malkin making the term “radical leftist” meaningless by taking it entirely out of context.

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