It’s long been obvious that conservatives conceive of “civility” solely in terms of point-scoring, because they are essentially sociopathic fuckwads.
Oh, perhaps this is unfair. But as I was grouching about last night, “once you’ve gone ahead and, say, made excuses for state-sponsored torture, if you want the benefit of the doubt, fuck you.”
Honestly, one of the absolute minimum qualifications for entry into a Civil Discussion ought not to include an enthusiasm for flinging about self-serving bullshit. Hi there, Charles Krauthammer. Can you bless us with a paragraph that is perfectly potty?
Furthermore, the available evidence dates Loughner’s fixation on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to at least 2007, when he attended a town hall of hers and felt slighted by her response. In 2007, no one had heard of Sarah Palin. Glenn Beck was still toiling on Headline News. There was no Tea Party or health-care reform. The only climate of hate was the pervasive post-Iraq campaign of vilification of George W. Bush, nicely captured by a New Republic editor who had begun an article thus: “I hate President George W. Bush. There, I said it.”
A priceless whine of inestimable vintage! There is the willful missing of the point, natch. Then there is the idea that Glenn Beck was a harmless nobody because he was on fucking CNN. Then there is the hilarity that the right wing crazy didn’t exist in 2007. It did! It was, you know, rooting for torture and stupid wars, and pretending that torture and stupid wars were Legitimate Positions because people on the other side called bullshit.