Left With No Conscience

Democrats are working aggressively to brand the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords as the fault of the Tea Party. They've been trying to discredit the populist movement since it broke out in earnest in August of 2009, and now they see an opening.

Earlier in the day, at a private party for state Sen. Jim Rosapepe, House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) expressed concern about harsh rhetoric escalating to violence.

“It’s just a short step from angry speech … to violent action,” Hoyer said in brief remarks, according to one attendee, and suggested that failing to counter such rhetoric amounts to tacit approval of it. “It’s like hearing a racist joke or a sexist joke and not speaking up.”

The failure to take a few days to show respect to the victims and allow the flow of information to feed the formation of opinions is upsetting, but a new reality that we'll be forced to live with given that the exchange of feelings over social media seems to drive the competitive sensibilities of the mainstream media.

“They need to deftly pin this on the tea partiers,” said the Democrat. “Just like the Clinton White House deftly pinned the Oklahoma City bombing on the militia and anti-government people.”

While the notion of politicizing such a horrific event seems beyond the pale, Democrats couldn't wait.

“Today we have seen the results” of “irresponsible and dangerous rhetoric,” former Democratic senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart wrote on Huffington Post. “Those with a megaphone, whether provided by public office or a media outlet, have responsibilities. They cannot avoid the consequences of their blatant efforts to inflame, anger, and outrage.”

The left is without conscience.