Yikes, everyone! Things have gotten pretty hairy pretty quickly. And by “hairy,” we mean BATSHIT INSANE! Sarah Palin is using cross hairs (like from a shotgun scope) to target Democrats in their reelection bids; Democratic offices in at least three states have been vandalized; and the rhetoric only gets hotter.
Perhaps the best (read: worst) story of them all is taking place in Virginia, where bloggers posted what they thought was Rep. Tom Perriello’s address, and suggested that readers “drop by” to let them know how they felt. From the LA Times:
On Tuesday, [Perriello’s brother] discovered that the gas line connecting a propane tank to an outdoor grill at his home near Charlottesville, Va., had been severed.
The brother, Bo Perriello, has four children at home under the age of 8, according to the congressman’s office.
The incident is being investigated by the FBI, according to the congressman’s press secretary, Jessica Barba.
To be fair, Perriello’s opponent has condemned this behavior (he said if you disagree with Perriello, you should do it at the ballot box), but you’d think the national Republican Party would do the same, say it has no place in civilized society and say that all such efforts are counterproductive. Instead, just as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) did earlier this week, they said it was wrong, but that it’s certainly understandable and justifiable.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Sere said that while his organization doesn’t condone the actions of the person or people who cut a gas line at Perriello’s brother’s house (apparently under the impression that the home was the congressman’s), Perriello is not the victim.
“Central and Southside Virginians are the ones who are going to have the bear the burden of increased taxes,” Sere told The Roanoke Times. “What you’re seeing is a frustration among his constituents who believe he’s not listening to them.”
No. Wrong. It has nothing to do with frustration over not being listened to. It has to do with right-wing radio fomenting fear and hate. It has to do with people like Sarah Palin and Sen. Charles Grassley lying about things like death panels. It has to do with rhetoric that says a bill — that’s almost identical to legislation offered by the Republican Party 15 years ago — is socialist.
Count us among the people who are still waiting for people like John Boehner, Sarah Palin and Mitch McConnell to condemn these threats and attacks. Until we hear such a statement, we assume they support it — they certainly have in the past.