Conservatives throughout the nation are raising panic and rage over recent statements made by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, where the governor said that New York was no place for right wing extremists. Citing “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-gun and anti-gay,” Gov. Cuomo said that they and their extreme views were not welcome in New York, as “that’s not who New Yorkers are.”
The comments, which came during a discussion New York Public Radio’s Susan Arbetter on the program “The Capitol Pressroom,” Cuomo’s stand against right wing extremism has set the fields afire for right wing pundits, who leap at every opportunity to paint themselves as politically repressed victims, as they thump their chest to demand a national corporate theocracy.
In one response to the Governor’s statements, Townhall.com trotted out the ‘turn-the-tables’ line, asking how liberals might feel if such a statement was made directed at them. Calling his comments “condescending,” Townhall columnist Cortney O’Brien deftly glosses over the avalanche of “love it or leave it” rhetoric which has poured from the ultra-nationalist, pro-war right wing over the past thirteen years, as well as leaping to a non-sequitr defense of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s “gaffe” regarding the 47% of Americans he simply doesn’t respect.
Conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp, still fresh off her brutal labor-economics lesson from former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, took to twitter to voice her selective outrage, saying,
If you want to live in NY, you have to agree w/ Gov Cuomo? What an arrogant, undemocratic mindset. http://t.co/uzYZDjKNgv
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) January 18, 2014
It would seem as though the same ideology which is happy to ‘dish it out,’ simply cannot take it when it comes to cultural-political comments that don’t serve their narratives. Though not as rife with death threats, calls for ideological extermination or routine accusations of treason, as are common throughout much of the right’s nationalist-identity rhetoric, Cuomo’s comments against the militant ignorance and cultural orthodoxy of the mainstream extremist right have made him the latest target of conservative’s endless hunt to identify an oppressor.
In this, it would seem that even if faced with committing outright hypocrisy by attempting to slam the Governor for rhetoric which is not all that unlike their own, conservative pundits simply could not resist the chance to paint themselves as victims. And though there may be something to be said about tolerance and measured tones by those in public office, it is at least good to know that some off-the-cuff commentary can still stand against hateful ignorance, as opposed to in defense of it, in this our ever-changing America.