Haven’t politicians learned anything from the Gabrielle Giffords shooting? It all seemed so obvious in the aftermath of her shooting that the reason Jared Lee Loughner pulled the trigger was because Sarah Palin put up a MyFace post with a target over Giffords’ Arizona district as someone who voted for ObamaCare and needed to be taken down. The imagery was all too clear. As just about every lefty, hoplophobic commentator in the country brayed, the incivility of our political discourse, as exemplified by Palin’s post, meant that the former Alaska Governor had blood on her hands . . .
As the president himself intoned, “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized…at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.”
So it’s hard to figure that Congressmen Ed Markey, who’s running for an open Massachusetts Senate seat, wouldn’t have gotten that message. Yet there’s his commercial, showing an AK firing at the head of his opponent, former Navy SEAL Gomez. Maybe the rules don’t actually apply when it’s a Democrat’s electoral prospects that are in doubt. But that would be a double standard, wouldn’t it? We await the president’s reminder to Rep. Markey of the importance of talking to each other – even in the heat of a campaign – in a way that heals, instead of wounds.