The following “Young Turks” video and excerpt from today’s Paul Krugman column pretty much sum up my feelings toward Eric Cantor’s “bullet through my office window” story. Enjoy.
Now, here’s Paul Krugman.
What has been really striking has been the eliminationist rhetoric of the G.O.P., coming not from some radical fringe but from the party’s leaders. John Boehner, the House minority leader, declared that the passage of health reform was “Armageddon.” The Republican National Committee put out a fund-raising appeal that included a picture of Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, surrounded by flames, while the committee’s chairman declared that it was time to put Ms. Pelosi on “the firing line.” And Sarah Palin put out a map literally putting Democratic lawmakers in the cross hairs of a rifle sight.
All of this goes far beyond politics as usual. Democrats had a lot of harsh things to say about former President George W. Bush – but you’ll search in vain for anything comparably menacing, anything that even hinted at an appeal to violence, from members of Congress, let alone senior party officials.
Of course, the facts would interfere with right wingers’ desperate attempts at false equivalency and victimhood, not to mention the cowardly corporate media’s eager embrace of this meme. So, carry on, cowardly corporate media, you’re doing a heckuva job as always!
UPDATE: Cantor’s story continues to crumble.