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Thursday, November 13, 2003

Political Hate Speech

Brendan Nyhan deconstructs the term being tossed about by the RNC as their new election strategy. (Via Oliver Willis):

When Democratic presidential candidates cross the line in their rhetoric, they should be held accountable for their statements. But the blanket application of "political hate speech" is being used to undermine the legitimacy of criticism and dissent in principle--a tactic which disturbingly echoes Bush's "changing the tone" rhetoric from Bush's campaign and early months of his presidency, which implicitly defined a changed tone as the absence of opposition to the President's policies. It is also a direct descedant to the many vitriolic attacks unleashed by Republicans and conservative pundits on those who have questioned Bush or the war on terrorism.