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A Sad Addition to Those Claiming Sedition


This morning’s edition of the Jolt has my brief thoughts on the “24″ finale — fine until the closing scenes, which were deeply unsatisfying — but here’s a bit of today’s on other news:

Another Alienating Sedition Hack

Hey, look who’s trolling for donations from angry liberals: “Governor Deval Patrick, even as he decried partisanship in Washington, said today that Republican opposition to President Obama’s agenda has become so obstinate that it ‘is almost at the level of sedition.’”

How appropriate, coming from a group of lawmakers who operate almost at the level of autocracy.

Who does he think he is, Joe Klein? To quote an earlier Jolt, “Newsbusters informs us: “On NBC’s April 18 ‘The Chris Matthews Show,’ Time columnist Joe Klein all but accused former GOP vice-presidential nominee and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, along with Fox News host Glenn Beck of sedition. ‘I did a little bit of research just before this show — it’s on this little napkin here. I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state. And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious.’”

Credit the lefties for thinking green; now they’re recycling their smears.

Erick Erickson fires upon this fish in this barrel: “Patrick’s larger point, that people like me are engaging in sedition, the Democrats for eight years said dissent was patriotic. Now they don’t believe that. The Democrats, after eight years of working to undermine George Bush and weaken us, are incapable of separating acts of political rebellion at the ballot box from acts of physical rebellions against the state.

“Unlike Louis XIV, Barack Obama is not the state. And it is no one’s goal to physically rebel against either Obama or the government. But it is certainly my goal to beat the mess out of him at the ballot box.”

This is the straw that broke the back of Glenn Reynolds’ trademark one-liner: “They told me if I voted for . . . Oh, hell, this is getting too easy.”

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