Goldberg is pissed, as well he should be, and I agree 100% with his column.
The new tone in Washington that Democrats lamented for in the wake of the Giffords shooting in January, was and always will be nonsense because liberals and their enablers in the national media are liars and hypocrites.
The new civility, brought to you by the always civil and respectful Democrats:
Behind closed doors, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez has proposed removing Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) until she recovers from injuries sustained after being shot in the head on Jan. 8 in Tucson, The Daily Caller has learned.
The proposal sparked an outrage, according to those in the room — including from those in Sanchez’s own party.
“It’s not appropriate,” Texas Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes told The Daily Caller, adding that there was outrage among some members in the room when Sanchez made the suggestion. “It’s bad for morale during her recovery period.”
Stay classy, Democrats.
Obviously there’s no accounting for taste nor decency in the Democratic caucus these days. This is from the same woman who warned of
charlie in the hills “Vietnamese” possibly taking over her congressional seat during the campaign–you know, by the democratic ballot process and all.
[Hat Tip: Hot Air]
A single post by Don Surber encapsulates what I’ve been feeling about the Left’s reaction to the Tuscon massacre:
Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.
Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.
Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.
The left suddenly wants civil discourse.
The left wants to play games of semantics.
The left wants us to be civil — after being so uncivil for a decade.
Be sure to read the entire post.
[Hat Tip: Memeorandum]
Andrew McCarthy nails it all in this must-read piece–the strategy, the Alinsky tactics, the complicity of the media, etc:
[T]he instantaneous reaction of the hard Left, President Obama’s base, was to politicize the Tucson atrocity as a natural, an inevitable, result of conservative ideology, enthusiasm for immigration-law enforcement and gun ownership by law-abiding Americans, and dissent from Obama’s policies [...]
The atrocity has called on us to indulge a double fantasy. First, that it is worth the time and effort to engage Obama’s base in a debate about the root cause of the shootings, and specifically about whether what the Left frames as an atmosphere of toxic rhetoric (translation: the Tea Party, talk radio, and Fox News) is to blame. Second, that without such a debate, we wouldn’t and couldn’t know why this atrocity happened.
[Hat Tip: Nice Deb]
P.S. Read McCarthy’s piece and then note that I tweeted this yesterday.
Nearly 60% of the country agree that liberal bloggers, pundits and politicians live in a tightly sealed echo chamber:
Nearly six in 10 Americans say the country’s heated political rhetoric is not to blame for the Tucson shooting rampage that left six dead and critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, according to a CBS News poll.
In the wake of the shooting, much focus has been put on the harsh tone of politics in Washington and around the country, particularly after a contentious midterm election. Rhetoric and imagery from both Republicans and Democrats have included gun-related metaphors, but the majority of the country isn’t connecting the shooting to politics. [...]
Overall, 57 percent of respondents said the harsh political tone had nothing to do with the shooting, compared to 32 percent who felt it did.
It’s sad to see the gleeful way in which the left is trying to pin this on their political opponents. Pick your poison. Over the past few days, we’ve heard the blame lays at the feet of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, etc. The left is venomous and hateful, full of nothing but anger. And the reality is that there is no evidence to tie the Arizona killer to anybody on the right.
But that won’t stop the left and our complicit media from pushing the meme.
Regarding the tragedy in Arizona over the weekend, I’ve sat back and read and watched as much as I could as everything unfolded. I wasn’t able to stomach the crap that I saw on my Twitter feed, the amateurish ignorance coming from the Left (and some from the Right) boggles the mind.
One thing’s for sure—Palin Derangement Syndrome is alive and well. You can feel the anger and maniacal hatred they have for her, with baseless allegations all over the place. You almost get the feeling that they love tragedies like this–it’s the only way they can justify their anger.
In all the chaos, here’s some words of advice from Stacy McCain:
…[I]t’s just politics, people!
No matter how intense the debate or how serious the issues, no one ought to fear for their safety merely because they become involved in the political process, either as an elected official or any other capacity.
Amen to that.