Along similar lines and via Mr. Atrios and Media Matters we have Marc Ambinder writing:
Litmus Test [John Derbyshire]
One of the downsides of being on the political Right is all those tedious arguments about who is or is not a true conservative. I generally fall asleep in between the fourth and fifth mentions of Ayn Rand, but a lot of Righties seem to get pleasure from that sort of thing.
Seems to me it's quite easy to come up with a litmus test. For example: If you are outraged and disgusted by that DHS report, then you are a conservative. If not, not.
If -- and we'll have to see the numbers at the end of the day -- 100,000 Americans show up to protest their taxes, the onus to dismiss them as a nascent political force shifts to the Democrats.Well, if I was to suggest that .03% of the populace was moderately nutty I'd expect almost everybody would look at me and say "That's it?" after which we'd laugh and hoist a - wait, what's this?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama promised Americans his administration would reform the "monstrous" U.S. tax system as millions faced the dreaded annual deadline on Wednesday for filing income tax returns.Oh dear. Looks like some positively Clintonian issue theft. Teabaggers, consider yourselves teabagged.
Obama used Tax Day, a national ritual of public frustration due to the confusing tax code, to underscore his drive to cut taxes for many Americans while increasing spending to jolt the United States out of its worst recession in decades.