They've gotten what they wanted, and now it's time to castrate their opponents by smearing them all as terrorists. And "let us be clear," as the Obamessiah would state it; that is exactly how they intend to paint you.
How do they do it? By locating an idiot or two who gets hostile, a trumped-up account that cannot be proven, or even a story that has been disproven - no matter - and then spinning that out as the apotheosis of their political opposition. Just as was done from the Kremlin to Pravda, the word goes out that this is the meme to be disseminated, and Big Media will dutifully repeat the lies over and over again as if it is conventional wisdom or gospel truth.
Check out this nonsense:
From Mort Kondracke (who should know better):
"And [Democrat voters] may be further motivated by the ugliness demonstrated by Tea Party opponents of the measure — racist and homophobic slurs and threats of violence — and the condoning of misbehavior by some Republican leaders."
There is not a single Republican leader who has "condoned" violence. (I have no idea what Kondracke means by "misbehavior"). NOT ONE.
And Eugene Robinson. First he accuses Republicans of not quelling the angry sentiments: "One would expect responsible Republican leaders to do everything in their power to lower the temperature."
Then, after acknowledging that both Republican leaders and leaders of tea parties had in fact denounced any use of violence, he writes,
"But this strikes me, and probably will strike others, as disingenuous. The tea party movement is fueled by rhetoric that echoes the paranoid ravings of the most extreme right-wing nutcases. When tea party leaders talk about the threat of "socialism" and call for "a new revolution" and vow to "take our country back," they can say they are simply using vivid metaphors. But they cannot plausibly claim to be unaware that there are people -- perhaps on the fringe of the movement, but close enough -- who give every sign of taking these incendiary words literally. And does anyone doubt that the movement attracts the kind of people who take these words literally?"
Oh, I get it. Because some people out there don't understand metaphor, using it is inciting violence.
Laura Hollis is an Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches entrepreneurship and business law. She is the author of the forthcoming publication, “Start Up, Screw Up, Scale Up: What Government Can Learn From the Best Entrepreneurs,” © 2014. Her opinions are her own, and do not reflect the position of the university. Follow her on Twitter: @LauraHollis61.