Of Bullets and Ballots

That Gabrielle Giffords, a Congresswoman and John M. Roll, a Federal Judge were shot today, in a district especially marked as a target by Ms. Palin and by a Republican Candidate in the same district, reminded me of this vintage bit of Republican rhetoric, spoken by Catherine Crabill, the Republican Party Nominee in the 99th House District of Virginia.

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5 thoughts on “Of Bullets and Ballots

  1. Yes, there are plenty of nutty people out there, and all they need is a story line to proceed with some pointless violent action. I hope this event will result in a toning down of the political rhetoric by Palin and others. That may happen because there will be a lot of pressure on them to behave civilly in the immediate future.

    This reminds me a bit of “Taxi Driver” (Robert DeNiro), where a lunatic who seemed to want to assassinate a politician ended up inadvertently becoming a hero when he redirected his anger to the pimp who was taking advantage of a young prostitute (Jodie Foster).

  2. I generally agree with Krugman, though in this case as in others, I don’t think he writes well on broad social issues (actually he’s just a not a good writer). Jon Stewart’s is a better response. What really irritates me is David Brook’s disingenuous response: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/11/opinion/11brooks.html?src=ISMR_HP_LO_MST_FB. As an apologist for conservatives, he automatically concocts a defense in situations like this. I ordinarily don’t read his columns because they infuriate me.

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