"I no longer see the Left as a set of political opponents. I understand them now to be what they are: An uncompromising, barely human mass of malignancy, that exists only to be crushed electorally and culturally once and for all. Or, as a wiser man than I put it, The Evil Party," - Red State's Thomas, who is retiring from blogging.

Hilzoy's farewell note here.

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