Ah, the shooting of a sitting Congressperson.
There hasn’t been an assassination in America since John F. Kennedy. Unless you count the death of Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, which some people do.
This horrific incident underscores the mess that American politics have become. As Keith Olbermann said so well in his Special Comment, the metaphors of violence must be repudiated. Certain conservatives may also wish to refudiate them as well.
Make no mistake. Assassination is the right word. Jared Lee Loughner tried to assassinate a sitting Congresswoman. He did it because he listened to the violent rhetoric of the right-wing opinionators who would rather destroy those who differ with them than try to work out those differences, or at least learn to live with them.
I can’t say it any better than Keith did. Listen to his comments. Listen to them twice.
Thanks, Keith. You’ve never been more spot-on.