MSNBC's Rachel Madow drew a interesting distinction between Republican in-fighting and Democratic in-fighting during tonight's election coverage. She argued that Democrats do not challenge the ideological purity of their opponents in the Party like Republicans challenge the conservativeness of their GOP opponents. Hillary Clinton said something similar the other day during a video-taped Politico interview: she was asked whether she wanted to criticize Barack Obama for being rated as one of the most liberal Senators; she brushed aside the question, saying that she would leave those kinds of attacks to the Republicans because it is one of their "talking points," and she argued that her fellow Senator should be judged on the positions he takes.
I do not know whether I agree that Democrats do not question one another's ideological purity like Republicans, although I will admit it seems a strong and intriguing argument. Is there a certain pragmatism among Dems that trumps liberal litmus tests?