Saturday, March 07, 2009

Enough already!

Rule #75: Dems versus Dims

Republicans have to stop saying, "Democrat Party." Enough already. Just stop. Stop pleading ignorance of the fact that the proper name is "Democratic Party" - usually pleading ignorance is completely understandable for the GOP, but not in this case.

In an age where Republicans are bitterly clinging to destructive tax cuts and long-discredited radio hosts, terms like "Democrat Party" epitomizes today's man-child of a party. The insult works on several fronts: 1) It's disrespectful yet passable enough to get away with; 2) anyone who complains about it comes off as petty; 3) it's a way to signify allegiance to the Rush-O'Reilly red-meat crowd without actually having to oink in public.

I haven't heard such deliberate name-mocking since my junior high years. Incidentally, I finished 8th grade in 1994, the last time the Republicans were touting Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich as their party's future. So I guess I shouldn't be too surprised.

And for you conservatives who have already begun dredging the fetid depths of Democratic Underground (not Democrat Underground) for proof that liberals do it too, save your energy. I know. "Rethugs," "Repukes," "Republitards," etc., etc. The difference with the Democrats is that Barack Obama isn't using any of those terms from Capitol Hill. The party is able to discern its cerebral, classy leaders from some basement activist named "jackknife." It's something the GOP should try sometime. How about now?

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