The Right doesn’t like feeling the intense heat of the blow back. Case in point, Glenn Reynolds writing in the Wall Street Journal, who luckily gets a rhetorical lifeline from Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz:
The critics were a bit short on particulars as to what that meant. Mrs. Palin has used some martial metaphors—”lock and load”—and talked about “targeting” opponents. But as media writer Howard Kurtz noted in The Daily Beast, such metaphors are common in politics. Palin critic Markos Moulitsas, on his Daily Kos blog, had even included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’s district on a list of congressional districts “bullseyed” for primary challenges. When Democrats use language like this—or even harsher language like Mr. Obama’s famous remark, in Philadelphia during the 2008 campaign, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun”—it’s just evidence of high spirits, apparently. But if Republicans do it, it somehow creates a climate of hate.
There’s a climate of hate out there, all right, but it doesn’t derive from the innocuous use of political clichés. And former Gov. Palin and the tea party movement are more the targets than the source.
Howie Kurtz is going with the “lone nut” theory and is just so tired of all the whining about violent rhetoric, ignoring that it’s backed up by gun toting activists, all of whom are being told that Barack Obama is ruining their country, because he’s a socialist or un-American, all at a time of economic angst.
As for Byron York’s claim that everyone tip toed around Maj. Nidal Hasan’s religious affiliations after he yelled “Allahu Akbar!” and went on a domestic terrorist rampage inside a military base. Our entire aviation experience in this country revolves around the what ifs? of a post 9/11 contastrope at the hands of Saudi Arabians. Who’s York kidding?
Even establishment Republicans are so freaked they’ll get targeted by the Right’s fire that they won’t even speak on the record about an assassination attempt that ended in an act of domestic terrorism so intense it could change political participation by the American people. From POLITICO yesterday:
A senior Republican senator, speaking anonymously in order to freely discuss the tragedy, told POLITICO that the Giffords shooting should be taken as a “cautionary tale” by Republicans. “There is a need for some reflection here – what is too far now?” said the senator. “What was too far when Oklahoma City happened is accepted now. There’s been a desensitizing. These town halls and cable TV and talk radio, everybody’s trying to outdo each other.”
Who is “a senior Republican” afraid of inciting? Take a guess.
And the last time I looked Moulitsas wasn’t simultaneously squealing “don’t retreat, reload,” while on weekends being filmed attempting to kill a caribou. The only missing element being Yee-HA!
When I think of Barack Obama yielding a gun all I get is a painful picture of him bowling bouncing around in my head. No offense intended, really, he just doesn’t seem like a gun guy that’s all and he’s not suffering because he isn’t. His whole persona is non-violent.
Kurtz and others leave out the constant fearmongering in the economic climate we’re in and that Rush, Beck, Hannity, Mark Levine and the right-wing radio umbrella under which the entire country is locked never shuts up about the grievous wounds happening to every listener, all because of Democrats.
The fearmongering of the Right, aided by a complicit press, who thought it was all just so silly to think that Pres. George W. Bush would lie about anything to take us into preemptive war and change the foreign policy of America, is how we ended up in Iraq spending billions of dollars a month.
Sarah Palin’s crosshairs target poster didn’t start this nightmare. But it was the tipping point of not taking this anymore, because one of the people she targeted was almost assassinated.
Evidently Gene, Howie, Byron and Palin think this is all some remarkable coincidence.
There is also absolutely no equivalency anywhere on the Left to what right-wing radio spews and some of what goes on during Fox News shows, excluding Shep Smith and a few others.
After Loughner’s assassination attempt, Keith Olbermann went so far as to apologize back into the 2008 primaries regarding something he said about Hillary Clinton.
Did anyone on the Right come close to this?
Quite the opposite, they’re digging in.
We have news organizations who won’t call an act of domestic terrorism for what it is.
This would never have happened in the day of Cronkite, let alone Edward R. Murrow.
We wouldn’t be hearing calm down it’s not anyone’s fault in the day of Chet Huntley.
Act after act and we’re still supposed to stay on the notion of the “lone nut,” according to Mr. Kurtz. Even by his posts count that’s a lot of lone nuttery.
There’s also the notion being floated by Andrew Breitbart that the Left wants to wipe out the Tea Party, which seems immaturely offered and not thought through at all. It’s just the fastest thing he could come up with after the hail storm of criticism. The Tea Party just might be friendlier to the Left’s ability to stop the war in Afghanistan, as well as cut the Pentagon budget. They sure as hell look more promising than the Blue Dogs.
No one wants to destroy the Tea Party, we just don’t want people killed for believing in health care or a different immigration policy, even the right for women to be equally free as men, without being called a “terrorist” and being stalked.
But we’re a tortoise nation, with the Kurtz crowd preferring to hide back in the national shell so as not to have to deal with anything too directly. So, be ready for the usual suspects to opine about the irresponsibility of assigning blame. “That both sides are guilty.” Just don’t believe it.
The worst you’re going to get from most people on the Left is rudeness and maybe in some cases some eviscerating truth wrapped in high voltage rhetoric. No, it’s not always pretty, but nobody’s going to die from it, because the Left doesn’t go to political rallies packing heat.