As if Loughner’s terrifying psychobabble didn’t isolate him from those who could debate politics, it transpired that the Left’s newfound embrace of civil dialogue was at war with its history of rhetorical belligerence. In short, the Left forgot to perform a self-critical hypocrisy screening.
While Palin was excoriated for using crosshairs on a map of candidates — including Giffords — who were “targeted” for defeat, the Democratic Leadership Council and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee both used maps with bull’s-eyes on the districts of “targeted” Republicans.
More amazing, the left-wing Daily Kos website in June 2008 named Representative Giffords on a “target list” of Democrats with vote records it disliked. Daily Kos declared: “Not all of these people will get or even deserve primaries, but this vote certainly puts a bulls eye on their district.”
Precisely the same amount of evidence indicates that the Daily Kos’ “bulls eye” language propelled Loughner as did Palin’s crosshairs graphic: Zero.
Columnist Michelle Malkin’s online retrospective of left-wing hate includes a protest sign featuring a beheaded Pres. George W. Bush, an “Abort Palin” bumper sticker, and an artist’s drawing called “M.I.L.P.” (Mother I’d Like to Punch). Palin gets socked so hard that a tooth flies from her mouth.
While President Obama has displayed admirable restraint and dignity throughout this tragedy, he has not always been so placid.
“I don’t want to quell anger,” Obama said in March 2009. “I think people are right to be angry. I’m angry!”
Referring to Republicans, he urged voters last November to “punish our enemies.” He also told a Philadelphia fundraiser in 2008, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”
Former Rep. Paul Kanjorski (D., Pa.) said about Gov. Rick Scott (R., Florida), “Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) starred in a campaign commercial last fall in which he says, “I will take dead aim at the cap-and-trade bill,” and then literally fires a rifle shot clean through the legislation.
And none other than Mr. Civility, Paul Krugman, wrote in December 2009: “A message to progressives: By all means, hang Senator Joe Lieberman in effigy.” What might that do to someone with an anger-management problem and Lieberman’s home address in Connecticut?