Dems' Reaction to Angry Right Is Ridiculous
Left is exaggerating, exploiting tensions, writes Jonah Goldberg
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2010 6:00 AM CDT
A Tea Party activist wearing a tri-corner hat and tea bag, listens to speakers during a rally at the Capitolin Richmond, Va..   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – People like the Alabama militia leader who advocated breaking the windows of Democratic politicians are "wrong, reprehensible and clownish," but the Democratic reaction is just as bad, writes Jonah Goldberg. Some overheated commentators have gone so far as to draw parallels between that incident and Kristallnacht when there's obviously nothing close to them same "murderous, genocidal intent" on display, Goldberg writes in the Los Angeles Times.

The only evidence the Democrats have for this "reign of terror" they say tea partiers are involved is "a few repugnant signs at rallies" and the word of two lawmakers who say they were spat at and called racial slurs. But those allegations appear exaggerated, and it's wrong to denounce the movement because of "guilt by association." The Democrats have started "fundraising based on fear," he notes. "Heaven forbid anyone suggest a coordinated strategy is at work here. That would be distracting us from the Kristallnacht unfolding before our eyes."