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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

MODERATE REPUBLICAN

This reference is fast becoming an oxymoron. Or an epithet, used by conservatives, birthers, and right wingnuts to call out any Republican who is not one of them.

So, is "moderate" the new "liberal"?

For years, Republicans have worked to demonize the word "liberal". As a measure of their success, many otherwise liberal Democrats have taken to calling themselves "progressive" or "pragmatic". A once lofty word has become almost a curse.

"Moderate" also had positive intonations. No more for Republicans. Ask Florida Governor Crist, who is now in danger of losing a primary because he is deemed moderate.

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