The calls for civility following the weekend’s event’s in Arizona are all very well, but Krugman sets out the contrast plainly between the parties:
Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized; but Representative Michele Bachmann, who did just that, is a rising star in the G.O.P.
And there’s a huge contrast in the media. Listen to Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann, and you’ll hear a lot of caustic remarks and mockery aimed at Republicans. But you won’t hear jokes about shooting government officials or beheading a journalist at The Washington Post. Listen to Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly, and you will.
I couldn’t agree more. The most bizarre moment this weekend was having Sarah Palin’s spokesperson claim the infamous cross hairs on her boss’s congressional target map didn’t actually have anything to do with guns.