May 9, 2010 2:03 AM

Commentary: That dirty word 'liberal'

Conservative pols and pundits have done an astonishing job of rendering "liberal" as a synonym for a kind of birth defect that leaves one effete and nonsensical, even as they made "conservative" interchangeable with the healthy patriotism of the common folk. If you didn't know better, you'd never know liberals fought to end segregation and child labor — or that conservatives opposed them.

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