'Liberals with guns'

Big talk today about a New Yorker profile of Daddy Bush's ex-national security guy, Brent Scowcroft's major disagreements with Bush Junior [HERE].

While that article is sliced and diced by the blogs, tristero [thanks Leah A] has another fish to fry: "I'll leave it to others to analyse the political ramifications and content. But I seem to be unusually sensitive to Republican rhetorical hanky-panky ('pro-life,' 'tax relief,' etc), and I couldn't help but notice some spanking new jargon bubbling up into the mainstream..."

Excerpting a couple of passages identifying the president as a "proponent of democratic transformationalism" and of the new line that "neoconservatives aren’t conservative; they’re liberals with guns," Digby writes:

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