"It's also a reminder that big government liberals can be as much inclined to suppress civil liberties as small government conservatives -- or more so. "
I keep hoping that the casual slander by people like Barone will cease. Conservatives have traditionally been for Constitutional Rights. From the 1850s when the Republcans were started to end slavery, to the 1964 Civil Rights Act (filibustered by Democrats), to today.
This idea of Democrats projecting their own faults on others is really starting to get old. It's the same as a kleptomaniac thinking everyone is going to steal from him/her. Merely because the Democrats have fought civil rights tooth and toenail since the 1820s doesn't mean that the Republicans have.