I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I feel like maybe the left’s “New Civility” scolding campaign was just a cynical attempt to shut up their opponents. Like maybe, just perhaps, their outrage was a mite forced. It could be, just throwing out a hypothetical here, it could be they didn’t really think that a map with crosshairs on it had magical mind-control powers or anything.
Ha ha, just kidding! They honestly meant every word of it, their outrage was 100% genuine, and they strive to uphold their expressed ideals of civilized discourse every single day.
Which is why we see things like this from Politico:
Barack Obama’s aides and advisers are preparing to center the president’s reelection campaign on a ferocious personal assault on Mitt Romney’s character and business background, a strategy grounded in the early-stage expectation that the former Massachusetts governor is the likely GOP nominee…
“Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney,” said a prominent Democratic strategist aligned with the White House.
Don’t forget, these things are only literal when a Republican says them.
Conservatives are “terrorists,” and the Dems have to “kill” them. Also, George Bush is the bad guy for actually killing actual terrorists. It all makes sense when you don’t think about it.
(Hat tip: Ed Morrissey)