And not in the sense of “I wish that we would switch out the term for some other insult;” in the sense of “I remember how badly thinking of voters as ‘sheeple’ worked out for the Democratic base in 2002 and 2004.” I understand the impulse, and maybe it wasn’t meant as an insult then, but it’s certainly become one now.
Am I lecturing? Probably. Then again, I’m a notorious RiNO, squish, and neocon – which are all terms farther along on the road that ‘low information voter’ is traveling, nu?
PS: Verbal shorthands are some of the most unsafe weapons in the political arsenal: devastating when they work right, but devastating when they work wrong, too. You don’t have to be a pro to work these gigs, but you do have to take the whole thing seriously.