Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sometimes we get so confused by "how could 'they' manage to believe both X and Y at the same time?" that we forget there really is something meaningful about the labels "left" and "right" in terms of contemporary American political discource. No matter how incoherent the big-tent parties seem (social conservatives, economic conservatives, etc. all in one party and under one rubric of "conservative"? how can that be?), the whole shtuss about Rev. Wright and what he's said in comparison to what the Revs. of the Religious Right (ha ha! I made a punny!) have said really does illustrate how the left is progressive and the right is reactionary.