Republicans Are Cannibals? It's Offensive to Cannibals Dana Milbank: The Donner Party had more tact By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Sep 25, 2010 10:24 AM CDT 22 comments Comments Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., speaks to the Values Voter Summit on Sept. 17. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (Newser) – Dana Milbank thinks DNC chief Tim Kaine should apologize for likening the GOP and the Tea Party to the Donner Party. "Comparing Republicans to cannibals is deeply offensive," he writes in the Washington Post. "To the cannibals." For one thing, the Donners (and Milbank says he's a distant relation) had the good graces to wait until their victims were dead before digging in. Compare that to the treatment of Lisa Murkowski, Bob Bennett, and Charlie Crist at the hands of Jim DeMint and company. The latter have been tearing these victims "limb from limb and devouring them without so much as a burp of regret," writes Milbank. "They eat flesh not out of desperation, but out of tribalism; their partisan bloodlust has overpowered them and turned them on each other."