“President Obama called to change the way American politics is practiced when he ran for president. So, too, did John Boehner and House Republican leaders when they campaigned to take control of Congress. But those calls were drowned out by the usual political shouting, yelling, and threats. Tragically, however, the shooting Saturday at a congressional event in Arizona — killing six and wounding 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) — now has the real ability to do what these elected officials haven’t been able to do: usher in a more civil era in politics and, at a minimum, simply start a SERIOUS conversation about the awful tone.”
— “First thoughts: A new chance for civility?” headline at MSNBC.com, January 10th, 2011.
— Headline at Newsbusters, today.