Just One Minute may just have the single best example of the hypocrisy of the left's campaign to tar the right with responsibility for Jared Loughner's mass murder in Arizona:
[This from] the voted-out Rep. Kanjorski (D, PA) last fall:
"Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him [Rick Scott, the Republican candidate for Florida governor] and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him. He stole billions of dollars from the United States government and he's running for governor of Florida. He's a millionaire and a billionaire. He's no hero. He's a damn crook. It's just we don't prosecute big crooks."
And as Tom goes to point out, this same person who called for the murder of a Republican candidate for governor now appears today as a guest columnist in the NYT pontificating about the need for civility in our political discourse because of "how easily political differences can degenerate into violence."
The cherry on top of this cake of hypocrisy comes when you remember that Paul Krugman, the man who, along with his employer, the NYT, are leading the charge to blame the right for the the acts of Jared Loughner, said in a NYT op-ed the other day:
[T]here isn’t any place [in our democracy] for eliminationist rhetoric, for suggestions that those on the other side of a debate must be removed from that debate by whatever means necessary.
And it’s the saturation of our political discourse — and especially our airwaves — with eliminationist rhetoric that lies behind the rising tide of violence.
Where’s that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let’s not make a false pretense of balance: it’s coming, overwhelmingly, from the right. It’s hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents to be “armed and dangerous” without being ostracized.
No, NYT, no, Paul Krugman, it's not hard to imagine at all. One merely need take the briefest look at the facts over the past ten years.
On a related note, this from Instapundit:
Mark Halperin, last seen musing that what Obama needed was a “horrendous act of violence” that would save his Presidency, is now advising people on the right that they should turn the other cheek when falsely accused of murder after the hoped-for “horrendous act of violence” occurred. To avoid “escalation,” don’t y’know.
Bull. Now Halperin is throwing bible quotes at us to try and stamp down the backlash against the left for this scurrilous attack. Perhaps he and his commrades should have read the rest of the bible before engaging in this outrageous attack. Proverbs 19:5 - "A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape."