What a difference a reelection bid makes.
Incredibly, in the wake of the massacre in Aurora, we hear nothing from the White House about the need for Washington to set an example of civility.
Now why would that be?
BECAUSE THE CHIEF PURVEYOR OF INCIVILITY IN POLITICS TODAY SITS IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
Yes, Obama and his henchmen and henchwomen – I want to be inclusive here – are ripping Mitt Romney to shreds, alleging that he mistreats dogs, ships American jobs to Ceylon, and cheats on his taxes.
WHERE ARE ALL THE PLAINTIVE CALLS FROM DEMOCRATS THIS TIME AROUND FOR CIVILITY??
As we knew then, the calls for civility from Obama and other Democrats in the days after the Gabby Giffords shooting had nothing to do with reducing gun violence or honoring the fallen Congresswoman, and everything to do with SHUTTING REPUBLICANS UP.
But now these stones would be thrown in a glass White House.
And so Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney dodged the question entirely during a gaggle with reporters Friday:
Q Also after the Gabby Giffords — in the wake of Gabby Giffords, the President gave a speech not only talking about gun safety but also talking about civility in our culture. And there’s been some sense that since then, maybe Washington — and I think the President has addressed this — has not always remained civil and that the dialogue can get hostile. I’m wondering if today there may be a change of tone and respect? We’re not Pollyannas that this would change the campaign, but do you think that there’s any sense from the White House that there does need to be any kind of toning down of some of the back-and-forth, not just today but going forward?
MR. CARNEY: Well . . . the President will address Aurora at this event. He’s obviously pulling down the ensuing event. I think you should wait to hear what the President has to say when he speaks.
I would also — I attempted earlier to give — to describe to you what the President told me his reaction was, and I had a little trouble with it. He talked — he mentioned to me how heavy his heart is and the pain he understands parents and loved ones must be suffering. And it’s — children across America go to the movies, as do adults, and it’s just a terrible tragedy. And he feels that deeply.
“Meet the Press” host David Gregory tried to stir the pot Sunday by recalling Bill Clinton’s attempt after the Oklahoma City bombing to blame conservative talk radio for the deaths
I was thinking, harkening back to President Obama’s words after Gabby Giffords was shot and then to Bill Clinton back in 1995 after Oklahoma City, and I’ll put something he said up on the screen. He said–back then, President Clinton–“We hear so many loud and angry voices in America today whose sole goal seems to be to try to keep some people as paranoid as possible and the rest of us all torn up and upset with each other. They spread hate. They leave the impression that, by their very words, that violence is acceptable.
Let me emphasize as we sit here today, we know nothing about motivation in this particular case, political or otherwise. But President Clinton’s words back in 1995 could be true today, couldn’t they, about how some of the public discourse can fall on more vulnerable ears?
Gregory caught himself later and said “it’s kind of a bipartisan deterioration” in tone, but we all know what people are talking about when they say politicians are being nasty. They mean they’re being conservative.
Gregory’s comments, though, are way off the talking point page at the DNC and Obama 2012 headquarters in Chicago and unlikely to generate much sound in the liberal media echo chamber.
Because with Obama setting off every rhetorical stink bomb he can find, complaining about incivility is so yesterday.