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The typical republican expects everyone else to have a short memory:

Journal; The Mother Next Door


Published: November 13, 1994

….But once Ms. Smith confessed, a new villain had to be found to keep our own internal demons at bay. Enter Newt Gingrich, who rushed into action on election eve with another reliable generic culprit: society. He said the double murder “vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things,” expediently adding that “the only way you get change is to vote Republican.”

Hmmm, that sounds suspiciously like someone was exploiting a tragedy for political purposes, right before an election, even. And the real story got even worse when the facts came out long after that election:

Defending Smith, Stepfather Says He Also Bears Blame


Published: July 28, 1995

…Susan Smith’s stepfather, who admitted that he had molested her when she was a teen-ager and had consensual sex with her as an adult, told her and his town that he shared her guilt in the drowning deaths of her young sons….

….Mr. Russell, a former member of the executive committee of the South Carolina Republican Party and a member of the Christian Coalition, read aloud from a letter he had written to Mrs. Smith in jail in which he said that his “heart breaks for what I have done to you….”

[emphasis added]

Can you believe that the inside the beltway cocktail weenie circuit continues to have Newt Gingrich appear on our televisions?

Now, we have a political environment where one group consistently uses violent imagery and eliminationist rhetoric, all while continuing to say, “what, who me?”


It does happen here : “…can you out run a nine millimeter…” (January 10, 2011)

It does happen here : “…can you out run a nine millimeter…”, part 2 (January 12, 2011)

So, as near as we can tell Courtney Cole’s op-ed about threats of violence directed at individuals running for office has appeared here, at Fired Up!, PoliticMo, in the Kansas City Star, and now, in the Warrensburg Daily Star-Journal. Interestingly, the versions in the Star and the Star-Journal don’t mention the name of the individual in the police report.

But, of course, we do get the typical right wing republican knee jerk reaction when anyone points out the obvious. This, from a long comment in the Star-Journal from someone with the same name as an unsuccessful republican candidate [pdf] in the 2010 primary for Presiding Commissioner of Johnson County:

As always, someone has to make a tragedy into a political argument, when, as the evidence comes to light, this incident in Tucson was clearly non-political.

I can’t grant much credence to Courtney Cole’s claims of threats made during the last election. I’m not saying they’re untrue, just a bit over blown as were many of her statements in her campaign literature. I doubt that she was every in any real physical danger as the election results indicate that only a few thought she was a viable candidate. She seems to still taste the sour grapes of her recent defeat.

Since Ms. Cole threw herself wholeheartedly into the politics of personal destruction during the campaign (referencing the seemingly unending deluge of vitriolic literature that was sent to me daily by her campaign), for her to be chastising the rest of us for any lack of civility seems a little out of place….

….If we’re all to practice more civility, perhaps Courtney Cole should take her own advice and in her next campaign lead us all….

“…I’m not saying they’re untrue, just a bit over blown as were many of her statements in her campaign literature…”

Untrue? Uh, Courtney Cole quotes the offender from the police report in his conversation with the investigating officer as reported by that officer. And, of course, pointing out that the republican incumbent failed to pay his taxes (a fact) is definitely “over blown”. Ah, the “they all do it” defense. Yes, because a threat of violence is a “bit over blown” and equivalent to campaign literature which points out the actual record of the incumbent.

“…referencing the seemingly unending deluge of vitriolic literature that was sent to me daily by her campaign…”

Project much? Unending deluge? Who outspent who? You mean like this, this, or this? Yeah, stating that someone is “guilty by association”, a preeminent American value, in a mailing is so much better than an actual discussion of important issues or the public record.

The commenter evidently thinks everyone else is an idiot.

Are threats of violence like “can you outrun a nine millimeter” acceptable political discourse? Is pointing out the verifiable public record of a candidate the same? Just asking.

I wonder if the commenter spoke up when Newt Gingrich exploited those murders in South Carolina for political purposes. Nah. *IOKIYAR. Being self righteous goes with the territory.

* it’s okay if you’re a republican