so now everyone (including maybe joe biden) is chorusing terrorists! about the tea party. (richard cohen is late to the nihilist party.) nocera says they are "waging jihad on the american people." and you were getting ticked with hints that obama was unamerican? the rhetorical pitch is excruciating; there's no hiigher place to jack it up to. ok, tell you what, you can have these tropes as long as you don't mind at all when i call nancy pelosi a maoist who hates god and is trying to destroy our sacred american way of life. it's true that obama isn't a muslim. he's a satanist, etc. so chill out about that; surely it's a fairly mild criticism. and just don't start appealing to your reasonableness and fact-based opinions. obviously we're all well beyond that.
i'll insist on this: if someone takes a shot at michele bachmann or rand paul, or opens fire at a vbs, i want joe nocera and richard cohen to accept exactly as much responsibility for that as they assigned to right-wing or anti-muslim or anti-immigrant blogs for the norway shootings, or to sarah palin on gabby giffords. remember last time you said 'words have consequences' etc? then think about the idea that tea partiers are terrorists and jihadists and nihilists who are trying to destroy our country and who are beyond the reach of rational discussion.