I normally wouldn't have written this diary, but I was reading the excellent diary of "GOP say goodbye to the women vote." I decided to go to Dana Milbank's column, and next to it was a link to one from Ruth Marcus on "Equal Pay Demagoguery." I was intrigued, so I went to go read the piece.
I shouldn't have bothered. In a nutshell, it is Democrats who are practicing demagoguery with regards to the Paycheck Protection Act. It is "revolting" to watch Democrats hyperbole on this subject. Why poor business interests would be swamped with lawsuits if this bill was enacted into law.
What's revolting is watching Ruth Marcus give cover to the Republicans. For some bizarre reason, Ruth Marcus is considered a "liberal" in the Beltway Media. And sure as the Sun rises in the East, her column on Democratic demagoguery has brought her love nuggets from the Right.
Here are just a few:
Carson Halloway of Catholic Vote states
"Marcus is a woman, a liberal, and a supporter of the Equal Pay Act. Yet she has the independence of mind to see, and the honesty to state, that President Obamaâs, and other leading Democratsâ, claims that Republicans oppose the bill because they oppose equal pay for women areâa revolting form of demagoguery. For this she deserves some credit. Itâs not much, because it is only one column from one journalist. But it is a small blow in favor of a more rational and humane politics."Mona Charen of the National Review Online touts Ruth Marcus's integrity
The screeching polarization of American political and cultural life in recent years is exacting a toll. Debate has been debased. Contempt and hatred for those with opposing views is now the norm. While some on the right have criticized their own side — think of Rick Perry and Jeb Bush challenging immigration opponents, or conservative columnists taking on some talk-radio hosts — liberals have been shamefully silent about the excesses committed by Democrats.And they loved it on Drudge.
That’s why it gives me particular pleasure to report that two liberal columnists have recently defied this trend. One is my old friend and sparring partner Ruth Marcus (we’ve known each other since the fourth grade) of the Washington Post,