QotD

4 08 2010

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes is warning voters that Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper’s policies, particularly his efforts to boost bike riding, are “converting Denver into a United Nations community.”

“This is all very well-disguised, but it will be exposed,” Maes told about 50 supporters who showed up at a campaign rally last week in Centennial.

Maes said in a later interview that he once thought the mayor’s efforts to promote cycling and other environmental initiatives were harmless and well-meaning. Now he realizes “that’s exactly the attitude they want you to have.”

“This is bigger than it looks like on the surface, and it could threaten our personal freedoms,” Maes said.

This is an object-lesson in one of the essential problems with entrenched political warfare.  For a long time, liberals and Democrats in general warned that the rightwing of the GOP was getting out of hand.  And, for its part, the GOP replied that “Mwah ha ha, suck it, libtards,” and continued to use red-meat appeals to fire up their base.  You always got the sense that the leadership was winking at the base and mistaking a twitching eye for a wink in return, and now you’ve got a situation where serious contenders for state and national offices are advancing all kinds of seriously deranged theories, raving about the national danger posed by bicycling, and sharing suspicions based on a neo-racist conspiracies involving the Justice Department’s efforts to use the NBPP to destroy white people, and etc.

—Jason
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