A reader adds:

I do think that you get to the point regarding your reader's comments about playing on a team. Many self-styled conservative pundits are not quite being honest about their membership on the Republican team. They play without their jerseys. The line many of these people take (I am sure that examples abound online) is that 'we support the Republicans because they are conservative' when the truth is 'we support the Republicans because we are Republicans'. In my view this is the core dishonesty embedded in the National Review, Limbaugh, Hewitt, O’Reilly, Coulter, etc that makes people like you and John Cole and others so very angry. And of course they are all angry at you, because you and others are pointing to the wide play of daylight between principled conservatism and the Republican movement.

That just about sums it up, I think. It certainly helps explain the intensity of the anger on both sides.

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