Comparing the Tea Party to al-Qaeda

After accusing the Tea Party of being racist, sexist, homophobic, stupid, fake, and violent Timothy McVeigh prototypes, you'd think that the well of insults would be getting dry. In his Boston Globe column "Screaming Extremism," Neal Gabler, however, manages to find a new one: The Tea Party is like al-Qaeda. His comparison reveals the left's upside-down vision of both the Tea Party and the threat of terrorism.Gabler doesn't argue that the Tea Party is striving for a global Islamic caliphate, or that Osama bin Laden is a small-government libertarian. It's nothing so simplistic as comparing the goals of two political movements. Rather, the Tea Party and al-Qaeda are alike in their methods: Both are "extremists" who try to be, in Gabler's metaphor, the loudest voice at the cocktail party:  To assure yourself of attention, you have to do something so startling that you effectively stop the conversation altogether. In effect, you have to blow up the World Trade...(Read Full Article)

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