A mind like Rachel Maddow?
You mean somebody with an Oxford PhD,and who can be critical of both liberal and conservative points of view? Somebody who's capable of marshalling references and getting her facts straight?
The heading at the top of the thread says A Little Bit of Sanity Enters the Conversation, Denise. I've said where I thought the left wing went overboard; I said how, and I said, I think, why.
Seeing flaws and problems with the positions that my own folks take doesn't mean I think it proper to take a swing at Ms. Maddow without some sort of evidence of her personal wretchedness, which you seem to impute.
When I say to you that I think that Mr. Beck is off the wall, I offer as evidence the self-destructive nature of his statements. That is, encouragement of violence against anybody tears down the fabric of law and hence the legal protections that Mr. Beck himself should enjoy. He is protected by them, of course, but I see no evidence of his enjoyment from the tenor of his comments.
If you intend to thrash Ms. Maddow, you may do so without reason, and thus look unreasonable, or you may try to offer some sort of rationale that will stand some sort of fairly objective examination. So far, Denise, you appear long on fury and assertion but short on evidence of some sort of transgression.
If you have it, supply it.
The spirit of the thread, I hope, should remain with at least a little bit of sanity entering the conversation.
I'm not saying you need to exclude the fury; that would be unfair. Leaven it with some evidence that points to some crime we might all agree on, though.
And I must say again that I'm sorry for the left wing snottiness about the Tea-bagger business. I think it's a cross-cultural short circuit those on the left are too quick to leap on. It confirms left-wing stereotypes of right wing thinking in much too smarmy a fashion, and does nobody any good.