So, how’s that whole “new civility” thing going? You know, the “new political tone” we were promised after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., was shot by a lunatic at an event she was holding outside a Tucson supermarket?
In reality, it lasted no longer than it took for the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner, to be branded a right-wing extremist simply because he shot a Democrat — a partisan jump to a conclusion that fell apart once personal details about Loughner emerged. But in case you had higher hopes, here’s what last week brought us:
- A professor at the University of Iowa, Ellen Lewin, responded to a campuswide e-mail sent by the school’s chapter of the College Republicans with this message: “[expletive] YOU, REPUBLICANS.”
- An unidentified counterprotester at a tea party rally in Madison, Wis., screamed “Who the [expletive] are you to lecture me, you little brat!” while a 14-year-old girl — that’s right, a 14-year-old — gave a boilerplate speech about the Constitution