CNN reporter Jim Acosta corrected a fellow anchor for calling Tea Partiers “radicals”, and asked him to be careful how he describes people who stand in principle.
“The sort of tea party radicals, if you like, who kicked all of this off, they electorally are safe,” the man said. “They’re not going to lose their seats because of redistricting and the like. They’re more about ideology than pragmatism or bipartisanship. What chance they’re going to change their minds at all when we get to January and it’s talk time again?”
Acosta rebutted, “Well, Michael, I mean, first of all, let’s be careful about using the term “radical,” because a lot of those folks feel like they’re standing on principle today, even though they didn’t come out on top in this.”