I wonder if they ever consider how stupid they sound. The National Journal (h/t Drudge) reports that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is suggesting that Ted Cruz and the Tea Party have created a political divide as dangerous as that prior to the Civil War. This follows on numerous other Democrats comparing conservatives to terrorists and murderers.
Up to a certain point, talk like this can be considered as political hyperbole. But I think it has long passed mere rhetoric. What we are seeing is the process of "othering" -- dehumanizing an enemy to make it easier to attack them. Just like a military, terrorist group, or gang might do. Yes, these comments are designed to fire up the Democratic base, but not in a good way. This is to fire them up in a manner that allows--nay, encourages--violence. Because, to the Democratic leadership, conservatives like Ted Cruz are no longer another human being taking a different view of how government should be operated, but "murderers," "
terrorists," "rebels," or something else deserving to be attacked or killed.