Michele Bachmann out of step with GOP on "Democrat" vs. "Democratic" Party
As Jeff Shaw notes here, Michele Bachmann repeatedly referred to the "Democrat Party" on Larry King yesterday. It's a stupid slur invented by the Republicans as part of their platform in 1996. From Wikipedia:
Democrat Party is a political epithet used in the United States by some people (in many cases, conservative commentators or some members of the Republican Party in speeches and press releases) instead of the name (or more precisely, the proper noun) Democratic Party.
Many members of the Democratic Party object to the term. New Yorker commentator Hendrik Hertzberg wrote: "There’s no great mystery about the motives behind this deliberate misnaming. 'Democrat Party' is a slur, or intended to be - a handy way to express contempt. Aesthetic judgments are subjective, of course, but 'Democrat Party' is jarring verging on ugly. It fairly screams 'rat.'"
But Bachmann's continued use of the phrase puts her out of step with the GOP, which voted on Tuesday in Minneapolis to start referring to the Democratic Party by its proper name:
On Tuesday, members of the Republican platform committee meeting in Minneapolis voted down a proposal to call the opposition the "Democrat Party" in the 2008 platform. Instead, they'll go with the proper Democratic Party.
"We probably should use what the actual name is," said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, the panel's chairman. "At least in writing."