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Old 01-09-2011, 09:52 PM
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Default Re: The Shooting of Gabrielle Giffords (Mark Schmitt & Daniel Foster)

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Originally Posted by jimM47 View Post
Thanks to Mark Schmitt, with whom I often disagree, but who always helps restore my faith in the reasonableness of the other side of the aisle when I am particularly depressed about it.
Actually, I think Greg Sargent is pitch perfect in this blog post. It's rare that I read an article or blog and think the author shouldn't change a word.

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I'd like to take this one step further, though. I hope the shooting is also a gut-check moment of sorts for lawmakers and commentators who wouldn't dream of trafficking in such rhetoric themselves but tend to just dismiss it as "part of the game." I'm talking about those who shower uncritical media and Internet attention on purveyors of hateful rhetoric because it gets "clicks" and "eyeballs"; those who look the other way when colleagues indulge in it; and those who scoff at criticism of such rhetoric as motivated by nothing but "partisanship."

Many of us are far more guilty than we'd like to admit of helping to "mainstream" quasi-violent and out-of-bounds rhetoric. And I hope the shooting will get folks who aren't themselves prone to sinking to such depths to be a bit more determined to call it out as unacceptable when we see it in others.
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