Rush Limbaugh Joins Paul Krugman Beyond the Pale
January 12, 2011 2 Comments
I said in my last post that Paul Krugman’s despicable nastiness about the Tucson tragedy (about which he exhibits not the slightest shame, and indeed, in his latest column, goes even further in blaming Republicans) would likely have the opposite effect he intended — it would disgust most Americans and make them less inclined to view the tragedy as political. That has happened to an extent.
I also said, with a kind of plague on both your houses shrillness, that conservatives might do the same thing if the dynamic were reversed. That, too, has happened to an extent. Such has been the intensity of the pushback against the Krugman contemptibility that some conservatives have felt a misdirected liberty to tar Democrats. I said I’d condemn it if I saw it, and I’m obliged to be true to my word.
From Ben Smith at Politico, quoting Rush Limbaugh:
“What Mr. Loughner knows is that he has the full support of a major political party in this country. He’s sitting there in jail. He knows what’s going on, he knows that…the Democrat party is attempting to find anybody but him to blame. He knows if he plays his cards right, he’s just a victim. He’s the latest in a never-ending parade of victims brought about by the unfairness of America…That smiling mug shot — this guy clearly understands he’s getting all the attention and he understands he’s got a political party doing everything it can, plus a local sheriff doing everything that they can to make sure he’s not convicted of murder – but something lesser.”
That, like Krugman’s nonsense, is disgusting.
No Democrats and no liberals I know are rushing to defend the shooter. Democrats and liberals may be less inclined than me to call this a capital crime, warranting execution — but they’re not even close to defending what he did or trying to find technicalities or excuses to exculpate his horrible crime. Mr. Limbaugh went beyond the pale as well.
The mistake of some liberals, in my opinion, was looking for additional people and ideas to blame — but they never sought to minimize the horror of what Loughner did.
I try never to wish ill of anyone — but it might be interesting political sociology to lock Paul Krugman and Rush Limbaugh in a vault, and, you know, watch for a few months…
UPDATE: And Bernie Sanders goes into the vault…