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Note that I said, the extremist, not the exorcist, but it rhymes. In both cases those words invoke a negative feeling or impression about someone. Although in the movie The Exorcist, the exorcist was the good guy, and the possessed was the scary person. An Extremist, by comparison, is a person possessed by very radical ideas, or obsessed with them.
Listen, if  Bill O’Reilly says it, it must be true and I don’t know why he would echo it into the media stratosphere? Is it a quality voters are looking for? An extremist for president or vice-president? Is it anything to be proud about? Do republicans love extremist?

I don’t think so. It was tactic #1 of the Republicans to paint Obama as a liberal extremist, and he tried very hard to stay middle of the road and convince “moderates” that he is a “moderate” president.

In Fox News Bill O’Reilly's own words:

- If you believe traditional marriage should be kept as the exclusive standard, you are not only extreme; you are a homophobe.

- If you believe all Americans should pay less in taxes, you are greedy and an anti-poor extremist.

-  If you believe the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to buy and possess guns, you are promoting violence in an extreme way.

-  If you believe the government has a duty to combat overseas terrorists without giving them constitutional protections, you are an extreme anti-human rights individual.

-  If you believe abortion is the taking of a human life, you are an anti-woman extremist.

-  If you support securing the nation’s borders and regulating immigration, you are anti-Hispanic.

The list goes on and on.

By labeling someone as extreme, you can dismiss whatever they say. That’s the strategy being used against Ryan.

Do Republicans not care about painting Ryan as an extremist? Why even mention it?
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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    In the 2008 elections there were 15 million less people who identified themselves as "liberals" than as "conservatives" (L/C ratio: 65%). Face it, this country is center-right. Moving it to the left is up to us!

    by healthy on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 05:04:55 PM PDT

  •  if that's not a rhetorical question... (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, healthy

    o'really was attempting to use derision to diffuse and belittle the opposing viewpoints.

    He might try to call it satirical; I think he's bitter, self-important manchild.

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 05:36:16 PM PDT

  •  The second desperation diary in a few minutes. nt (0+ / 0-)
  •  Context, please (0+ / 0-)

    The intro to the list of extremes:

    So defining Ryan as extreme is an interesting scare tactic — and one that might be extended in the days to come. Here are some other positions that the committed left media consider extreme:

    Don't be a DON'T-DO... Be a DO-DO!

    by godwhataklutz on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 06:09:56 PM PDT

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