I agree, they ARE the part of HATE. Dean was elected chairman of the DNC within a couple of weeks of saying he hates Republicans. He hates everything they stand for. THAT'S the Democrat Party of the future.
True progressives? I hope not, sounds as bad as "classical liberal." The writer should have left the word "true" out of it. The sentence should have said:
I know that liberals have been calling themselves "progressives" in recent years, but as of present, conservatives are the progressives.
If conservatives truly want to stop their opposition, then they must learn the first rule of conflict. Let your opponent have nothing of value for free. In other words, give them nothing. If they already have it, make them work to keep it.
Progressives are for progress. Are conservatives against progress? If not, then conservatives must be progressives. Not the lame "true progressives," but "progressives."