January 9, 2011

BARACK OBAMA: “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.”

UPDATE: Reader Ron Hardin emails: “It’s time to stamp out violent figures of speech.” Heh.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Pejman Yousefzadeh rounds up statements by Ezra Klein, Markos Moulitsas, and Paul Krugman and asks: “Who are these people to be lecturing the rest of us about political civility?”

MORE: In 2008, Markos Moulitsas put a “bullseye” on Gabrielle Giffords’ district. While we’re tracking those violent figures of speech . . . .

Give it up guys. Your efforts to politicize this tragedy have been pathetic.

To be clear, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Markos’s post, which is about primary challenges. But I do think there’s something wrong with pretending that this sort of language is to blame for nuts. And if you’re going to claim that, well, sauce for the goose. . . .

Related: Democrat Harry Mitchell Places Opponent in Crosshairs.

STILL MORE: Peter Ingemi weighs in.

Plus, thoughts from Roger Kimball.

RELATED: Is DailyKos To Blame For Giffords Attack?

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