In a short post over at Commentary Contentions, Peter Wehner addresses the media’s relatively blasé response to l’affaire Grayson, and points out how the Florida Democrat’s rhetoric is remarkably consistent with that of his fellow partisans:
For the record, and for those keeping count, Democrats have now accused critics of ObamaCare of perpetrating “lies” (President Obama), of being “evil-mongers” (Harry Reid), of using “un-American” tactics (Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer), of being members of “the mob” (DNC video), and have likened them to the Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh (Brian Baird). But of course it is the “fringe right” that is responsible for incivility in American politics today. Just ask Tom Friedman and the rest of the MSM. They react with fury when Republicans and conservatives cross certain lines yet react with relative indifference when Democrats and liberals do the same. Republican incivility borders on a criminal offense; Democratic incivility falls under the category “Boys will be boys.”
And our critics want us to apologize for the nasty rhetoric emanating from the right-wing fringe. I wonder if they’ll apologize from the name-calling, vitriol and bile from their party’s congressional caucus.