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A Helpful Roundup of the Democrats New Tone During the Debt Debate (Updated)

John on July 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm

In the last week or so, progressive politicians and their top media allies have really taken their rhetoric to a new level:

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi – “We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.”
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi – “They want to destroy your rights.”
  • Sen. Harry Reid – “The time for ideological extremism should end.”
  • Rep. Rangel – “These people don’t care about our country.”
  • Comm. Director Dan Pfeiffer – “…could potentially put us towards a depression because House Republicans…are unwilling to compromise.”
  • DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz – “This is almost like dictatorship.”
  • Rep. Garamendi (D-CA) – “They basically want to terminate the American Dream.”
  • Rachel Maddow Show – “shameless, craven, unprincipled, partisan hackery”
  • Tom Friedman – “If sane Republicans do not stand up to this Hezbollah faction in their midst, the Tea Party will take the G.O.P. on a suicide mission.”
  • Rep. Hoyer – “They want to shoot every bullet they have at the president.”
  • Van Jones – “They want to repeal the 20th century. They want to smash down every American institution our grandparents fought for…”
  • Joe Klein in Time – “Osama bin Laden, if he were still alive, could not have come up with a more clever strategy for strangling our nation.”
  • Steve Rattner on MSNBC – “It’s a form of economic terrorism…These Tea Party guys are like strapped with dynamite standing in the middle of Times Square at rush hour saying either you do it my way or we’re going to blow you up, ourselves up, and the whole country with us.”
  • Paul Krugman in NY Times – “Republicans have, in effect, taken America hostage…”
  • William Yeomans at Politico – “they have now become full-blown terrorists. They have joined the villains of American history who have been sufficiently craven to inflict massive harm on innocent victims to achieve their political goals.”
  • Martin Frost at Politico – “We now have a group of U.S. politicians seeking political purity, who seem to have much in common with the Taliban.”
  • Rep. Schakowsky – “Republicans, stop fragging the American economy and the American people!”
  • Margaret Carlson – “they’ve strapped explosives to the Capitol and they think they are immune from it.”
  • Rep. Mike Doyle – “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”
  • VP Biden – “They have acted like terrorists”
  • Joe Nocera in the NY Times – “much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people…For now, the Tea Party Republicans can put aside their suicide vests.”
  • Fareed Zakaria on CNN – “It’s just an extraordinary act of hostage taking on the part of the Tea Party. It is holding the country hostage…”

These are all in the last week or so. I’m sure I’ve missed a few. Leave me a hint in the comments and I’ll add them.

Related: Doug Ross put together a list of hostage-taker headlines.

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