Alternate title: “He can’t do that to our pledges. Only WE can do that to our pledges.”

Marc Cooper notes an article in “The Nation,” perhaps America’s most prominent leftist publication, taking Cynthia McKinney on an obligatory trip behind the woodshed. Cooper writes, “it’s infinitely more important that McKinney be challenged by The Nation than, say, National Review.”

This is how a bipolar political culture works. We police our ranks, you police yours. We’ll defend our creeps from your attacks, even if you’re right. If they need to be dressed down, we’ll do the down-dressing.

A legitimate, principled, fearless, robust center would have the authority to flash red cards in both directions. As Cooper indicates in his coda: “How long, by the way, until we see a South Park episode dedicated to the free-swinging Georgia Congresswoman?”

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