Ed Driscoll

Dispatches from the Era of New Civility

Past performance is no guarantee of future results:

President Obama addressed more than 14,000 people Wednesday at a memorial service at the University of Arizona in Tucson, urging civility in the wake of the shooting rampage that killed six and wounded 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. “We can be better,” Obama said.

— “Obama Urges New Era of Civility,” The Daily Beast, January 12th, 2011.

On Tuesday’s AC360 Later, Tina Brown said that Republicans are fighting ObamaCare with “suicide vests” and that President Obama looks “statesmanlike” in talking to Iran but not the GOP.

“Maybe Vladimir Putin can break the logjam here,” The Daily Beast co-founder quipped. She added, “it is just incredible to me to watch these Republicans putting on their suicide vests and thinking this is going to have some kind of outcome for America.”

House Speaker Boehner has “just become this rallier of these crazy people,” Brown continued. Of President Obama, she praised him for being “aloof” and not negotiating with the GOP.

“[T]his is the one time where his [Obama’s] aloofness suddenly looks I think much more statesmanlike. Here’s the guy who has been dealing with Iran, and he’s been actually waiting to just let these people commit suicide.”

— “Tina Brown: GOP Donning ‘Suicide Vests,’ Boehner a ‘Rallier of These Crazy People,'” Newsbusters reports today on the founder of the Daily Beast Website and would-be Newsweek successor. Video of Brown in full sneer mode at link.