Last week at the University of Arizona Memorial Pep-Rally, Barack Obama ostensibly pitched his tent among the mentally stable -- thereby distancing himself from his fellow Liberals -- by declaring that the shooting of Rep. Giffords et al was not precipitated by political rhetoric.
Tonight, Obama is expected to lecture Americans on the virtues of civility in public discourse, and he will undoubtedly employ the old "both sides are guilty" routine. The effect is to make the tone of political discourse the topic du jour, but WHY, when Obama concedes that nothing bad happened as a result of the tone of political discourse?
The answer is simple, Obama wants to spotlight the tone of political discourse in order to mute Conservative arguments, and he is exploiting the shootings in Tucson -- which he has publicly stated were not precipitated by political discourse -- for political advantage.
Beware though, saying so constitutes the kind of vitriolic rhetoric that didn't cause the shootings in Tucson. So, we should all be sure to not discuss public policy in a way that might not cause further violence. Huh?