Saturday, April 30, 2011

So much for that "civility" thing...

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton...

Remember when U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was nearly killed by a crazed gunman (who murdered and wounded more than a dozen other people?

Remember how it occurred in January -- not long after the contentious November elections -- and how the still-smarting Left used it as an opportunity to cut into GOP momentum by calling for "civility?"

Remember how pundit after pundit called for nicey-nicey in American politics and decried anyone who didn't sign up for the newest version of political kumbaya?

Remember how long it lasted? Yep. Not long at all.

Oh, sure, members of Congress sat next to each other at the State of the Union speech, but that was about as long as it lasted.

Gabrielle Giffords...

Since those golden days of our refreshed democracy, a virtual laundry list of less than civil comments (read: downright ugly/violent) have been made by Democratic politicians and pundits about their opponents. The latest: John Burton, California's Democratic Party chairman, who -- according to The Contra Costa Times -- "came under fire Friday for suggesting Gov. Jerry Brown "try shooting" a Republican to persuade them to vote for taxes."

The story continues: "In an interview with Bay Area News Group this week, Burton said Brown 'can try shooting somebody and tell the next guy, 'You don't want that to happen to you, you better step up and vote.' "... What's Jerry going to do unless he took out a gun?'"

As the story points out, "Sensitivity over violence-laden political remarks has come under scrutiny since the assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, that some believe was incited by heated political rhetoric."

So how does Team Burton respond?

"A spokesman for Burton said Republicans are in no position to criticize Democrats for using violent political metaphors."

That sounds like a very civil response...

From the days after the Giffords shooting...

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