CULT-LIKE QUALITIES…. CNN’s Bill Schneider is hardly a liberal voice in media. He’s a resident fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, and has offered some nasty anti-Democratic rhetoric on the air. So, when the CNN analyst spoke at UCLA yesterday, these weren’t the kind of remarks most expected.

“The Republicans aren’t a party, they’re a cult.”

“The moderates aren’t a wing of the Republicans, they’re a feather.”

In each case, Schneider said he was quoting what people in Washington are saying to him. But he didn’t seem to disagree.

As for the “cult” comment, Kevin Drum twists the knife: “[T]oday’s GOP does seem to check most of the boxes in the International Cultic Studies Association’s ‘Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups.’ Except for this one: ‘The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.’ That doesn’t seem to be much of a priority for them these days.”

Ouch.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.