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The State of Our Union

Jim Burroway

January 10th, 2011

A billboard in Tucson advertising Rush Limbaugh's radio program, festooned with a half-dozen simulated bullet holes for the "straight shooter."

A senior Republican senator, speaking anonymously in order to freely discuss the tragedy, told POLITICO that the Giffords shooting should be taken as a “cautionary tale” by Republicans. “There is a need for some reflection here – what is too far now?” said the senator. “What was too far when Oklahoma City happened is accepted now. There’s been a desensitizing. These town halls and cable TV and talk radio, everybody’s trying to outdo each other.”

The vast majority of tea party activists, this senator said, ought not be impugned. “They’re talking about things most mainstream Americans are talking about, like spending and debt,” the Republican said, before adding that politicians of all stripes need to emphasize in the coming days that “tone matters.”

“And the Republican Party in particular needs to reinforce that,” the senator said.

In case you missed it, that’s a senior Republican senator who had to remain anonymous so he or she could “freely discuss” this.

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homer
January 10th, 2011 | LINK

I have wondered often whether the “acceptable” use of the words “sinner” and “pervert” to refer to gay folks contributes to the violence against us.

Priya Lynn
January 10th, 2011 | LINK

I’m sure it does Homer. When people label someone a wrongdoer it suggests they need to be punished.

Ben in Oakland
January 10th, 2011 | LINK

It reminds me of something i witnessed on TV some years ago. Barbara walters was interviewing Harvey Fierstein. La Babs spent some time congratulating herself that she and her program were being so liberal in discussing the issues with Harvey. She said (not a quote)

“Isn’t just great that we can discuss these things now? Aren’t we really wonderufdlly liberal talking about them? We couldn’t talk about them before.”

Harvey responded;

“Of course you could talk about them before. There is nothing here that can’t be discussed. YOU JUST DIDN’T WANT TO.”

This senior republican senator has to remain anonymous to discuss these things?

Honey, of course you can discuss them publicly. YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO…

LEST IT ACTUALLY COST YOU SOMETHING TO STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT.

joni
January 10th, 2011 | LINK

Hear Hear, Ben in Oakland. True-est words Ive read all day

MJC
January 10th, 2011 | LINK

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