"Moderate" Majority Leader Steny Hoyer?
Is new majority leader Rep. Steny Hoyer really a moderate? He is according to Friday's off-lead story by congressional reporter Carl Hulse, who describes how many Democrats feel that Nancy Pelosi's "liberal reputation is offset by Mr. Hoyer's moderate image."
Hulse later refers to Hoyers as "a liberal to moderate lawmaker with close ties to the business community," which is a little closer to accurate. But why is Hulse so afraid of simply calling liberal Democrats "liberal," without qualifiers, the way he and the other Times reporters reflexively label conservative Republicans like Sen. Rick Santorum and Sen. Sam Brownback?