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Perhaps it was inevitable, in the current Tea Party era, that a noisy progressive movement would draw comparisons to the right-wing insurgents who have taken over the Republican Party. And so — with climate change in the headlines, thanks to historic pledges from President Obama and Congress voting on Keystone XL — The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank has asserted that environmentalists are taking the same uncompromising attitude toward moderate Democrats that Glenn Beck fans in tricornered hats have taken toward moderate Republicans.
But Milbank overlooks essential differences between the climate movement and Tea Party movement.