A crazy nut in Arizona goes on a shooting spree, wounding a Congresswoman and killing several people – including a nine-year old child.
Normal people immediately have two thoughts – grief for the victims and a visceral desire to catch and punish the thug.
A lot of people in Washington, however, are not normal. And I can’t think of any better example than this passage from a Politico article.
One veteran Democratic operative, who blames overheated rhetoric for the shooting, said President Barack Obama should carefully but forcefully do what his predecessor did. “They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat.
Let’s set aside the absurdity of linking the Tea Party with someone who likes flag burning and books about communism and national socialism and instead ask whether anybody still believes in personal responsibility?
Jared Lee Loughner is the one that deserves blame, period. I don’t care whether he’s a Nazi, a communist, a Democrat, or a Republican. I wouldn’t care if he attended a MoveOn.org event or a tea party rally.