Our political class has obviously been under quite a bit of stress lately judging by the inanity which streams through the media via pundits and politicians. The threat of public rejection regarding Big Government intervention and spending has put statists in DC in defense mode, and some are becoming viciously offensive. The political elite going back to Princes and Kings have always hated those who tell economic truths, because at the highest levels of power, no one wants to hear that economic laws are trumping their grand plans -- thus the phrase "shooting the messenger". The Washington political elite first started shooting at limited government conservatives and libertarians, and now they are at least giving the impression they're shooting S&P.
But S&P has given them a justification to further alienate and denigrate the limited government conservatives and liberatrians while also providing emergency to more government stimulus spending, so one has to wonder if they're really aiming at S&P or just aiming more guns at the "Tea Party".
All the old tricks of demonization and marginalization are coming out of the statists' bag of tricks. Some date far back to when political wars first began, and some are reminiscent of Marxian denigration of the bourgeosie, assigning through polylogism a whole different structure of logic and thinking to a class of people. The Left presents the "Tea Party" as ideolouges whose ideology is merely a mask for selfish interests of class and race and politics. No one is asking whether the limited government conservatives and libertarians are right in their assessment of our nation's problems -- they are simply dismissing them by questioning the value of ideology. If someone holds definite ideas and principles, then they must be motivated by selfish, class interests. I don't know how effective this old trick will be in the Information Age, when the media has lost control of the message.