George Stephanopolous may not have followed up when Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) failed to condemn Bill Maher for a slur that self-described “potty mouth” used when describing Sarah Palin, but the former Clinton staffer did at least ask his fellow partisan “whether Democrats should return” the uncouth man’s money.
The current ABCNews anchor even showed clips of Mr. Maher’s trash talk. Schumer himself may not have criticized Mr. Maher on ABC’s “This Week,” but as Madeleine Morgenstern reported, a “Schumer spokesman later told Politico he ‘thinks those comments [made by Maher] are inappropriate and wrong.'” (Wonder if Obama strategist David Axelrod would call Mr. Schumer’s manner of critique a failed “test of leadership“; he dispatched a staffer to do what he failed to do in person.) Schumer was forced to criticize the liberal entertainer.
As Rush Limbaugh himself put it, everything the Democrats
. . . hoped to accomplish this week, they’ve not accomplished. They might have 25 years ago, but they haven’t. They, on the left, are now being forced by an army of people on the right to comport themselves to the same standards that they are demanding of others, and that’s going to put a real crimp in their style. Remember, when I apologized I said one aspect of what I had done wrong was I descended to their level. And I meant to emphasize that. I descended to their level. That’s what was, among other things, wrong about it. But it was a one-time thing for me. They live there. Now they’ve been called on it.
(Via Tom Blumer via Powerline picks.) He’s right; 25 years ago, there was no conservative media to dig up and publicize videos of liberals engaging in the type of name-calling that earns excoriation for the rare conservative who stoops to that level. Stephanopolous would have been able to avoid the question.
As he built on the point cited above, Rush gives one hint about what has changed in the past 25 years: “It might have been Breitbart people, I forget who it was, with camera and microphone — and they would not condemn any of the language from any of their favorite people on the left.” It might have been Breitbart people. Indeed. If not Breitbart people, individuals with Andrew Breitbart’s mentality, those conservatives ready to provide examples of left-wing name-calling.
Score this one as a victory for Andrew Breitbart. The Democrats wanted to dwell on Rush’s ugly language (for which he has apologized). Now, even Democrats are asking their fellow partisans about hate speech on the left.