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Intolerance gone wild

January 22, 2014 - Jim Anderson
From what I hear on talk radio, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting pummeled for his recent remarks on “extreme conservatives.”

In an interview last week Cuomo, a Democrat, discussed a divide among Republican politicians in Washington — and in his own state — that’s creating gridlock:

"Who are they?" he said. "Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that's who they are and they're the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."

Inflammatory stuff.

Made even more inflammatory by critics (heard day-long on talk radio ... Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, Dean), who claim the remarks are an intolerant affront to all citizens.

There is, of course, a broader context that’s mostly ignored.

Later in the interview, Cuomo says it’s “fine” to be right-to-life, anti-gun control, and anti-gay marriage. He also points out that those positions are minority opinions in New York, and politicians espousing them without compromise have little chance for success.

Inflammatory?

Sure, maybe. But let me ask this. When’s the last time any of Cuomo’s outraged critics said it’s fine to be pro-choice, pro-gun control and pro-gay marriage?

 
 

 

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