Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Phoenix's Ultra, HardCore, Radical, Rabid Article

David Bernstein from the Boston Phoenix loves modifiers. Bernstein's recent article is full of political-speak resembling a DNC press release.

radical right wing creatures

radical kooks

ultra-right wing (Steve Pearce)

ultra-right wing (American Conservative Union)

ultra-conservative (Newt Gingrich)

ultra-conservative (John Kyl)

rabid conservatives

rabid right

rabid ideologues

radical right wing creatures

hard right conservatives

ultra right wing (2)

hard-core conservatives.

know-nothing, scary conservatives.


The term "conservative" won't do for David. He wants to show you how very, super-duper, very, very, very, majorly, "extreme" some of these Republicans are. The article should cause you to zoom out a little bit and ask; what is the difference between conservative and "ultra," "radical" conservative? David's answer is that Newt Gingrich is not simply a conservative. What this article really reveals, if anything, is David's worldview and where he is on the political spectrum.