So much for all the talk of civility.

In one of the most deranged columns yet (and that’s saying a lot for NY Times columnists), Joe Nocera unleashed an unhinged attack on the Tea Party movement, calling Tea Partiers terrorists, jihadists and suicide bombers:

You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them.

These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people. Their intransigent demands for deep spending cuts, coupled with their almost gleeful willingness to destroy one of America’s most invaluable assets, its full faith and credit, were incredibly irresponsible. But they didn’t care. Their goal, they believed, was worth blowing up the country for, if that’s what it took….

For now, the Tea Party Republicans can put aside their suicide vests. But rest assured: They’ll have them on again soon enough. After all, they’ve gotten so much encouragement.

Reader Tom, who sent me the link, writes:

Terrorists? Jihad?  Really? From the paper that won’t use those terms when they
actually apply?  This column can incite violence against duly elected members of
Congress.  What would Gabby Giffords think – she who voted with the so-called
terrorists?

Nocera replaced Frank Rich.  I didn’t think it could get any worse.  It did.

 
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