And then the trolling.
What kind of madness is it that someone would create a poll on Facebook asking respondents, “Should Obama be killed?” The choices were: “No, Maybe, Yes, and Yes if he cuts my health care.” The Secret Service is now investigating. I hope they put the jerk in jail and throw away the key because this is exactly what was being done to Rabin.
Even if you are not worried that someone might draw from these vitriolic attacks a license to try to hurt the president, you have to be worried about what is happening to American politics more broadly.Our leaders, even the president, can no longer utter the word “we” with a straight face. There is no more “we” in American politics at a time when “we” have these huge problems — the deficit, the recession, health care, climate change and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — that “we” can only manage, let alone fix, if there is a collective “we” at work.
Sometimes I wonder whether George H.W. Bush, president “41,” will be remembered as our last “legitimate” president. The right impeached Bill Clinton and hounded him from Day 1 with the bogus Whitewater “scandal.” George W. Bush was elected under a cloud because of the Florida voting mess, and his critics on the left never let him forget it.Because the attacks on Clinton and Obama's legitimacy by lunatics who impeached one and advocating a military coup against the other are just like the attacks on Bush's election screwup in Florida.
They are equivalent you see: the left is just as misguided and insane as the right. Village has always seen it that way and always will. Completely, 100% alike.
[UPDATE 11:53 AM] Hey look, Cap'n Ed Morissey can pull the equivalency card too. Gore Vidal is nuts too, so that absolves the entire right wing from the military coup thing from yesterday!
"The Left is just as crazy and violent" is no longer a valid excuse, people.
[UPDATE 2:32 PM] And Michael Steele still thinks Friedman is a "nut job" despite the fact that Friedman's column basically exonerates the Winger base by comparing the military coup freakos to those who thought Bush was not legitimately the President in 2000.