Emmett Tyrrell

Loughner is obviously a schizophrenic. I am no psychiatrist, but I would bet he is a paranoid schizophrenic. That is the most dangerous kind of schizophrenic. What he says might matter to his psychiatrist, but it has little significance to the outside world. Yet apparently, it mattered greatly to Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman. This week, he wrote in the Times: "Where's that toxic rhetoric coming from? Let's not make a false pretense of balance: it's coming, overwhelmingly, from the right." And he continued, "It's hard to imagine a Democratic member of Congress urging constituents" to violence. Now, Krugman has been a columnist for the Times for a long enough time, covering a sufficient variety of political events, for us to deduce that he is a political nitwit. Other Nobel laureates have been nitwits, for instance, Bertrand Russell. There are a lot of political nitwits in this world. Perhaps the Times could give Krugman a cooking column. He would be its Nobel Prize-winning cooking columnist.

Of course, examples of Democrats speaking loosely about violence toward Republicans have now been piling up in blithe contradiction to this nitwit's asseveration. The inimitable James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal cites Sen. John Kerry joshing with Bill Maher about how he "could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird (George W. Bush) with one stone." Taranto adds that in 1988, Kerry joked about the Secret Service's being under orders "to shoot Quayle" if George H.W. Bush were killed. And he quotes then-Rep. Paul Kanjorski as saying in October (as Jeffrey Lord first reported in The American Spectator), "That (Rick) Scott down there that's running for governor of Florida. Instead of running for governor of Florida, they ought to have him and shoot him. Put him against the wall and shoot him." Kanjorski alleged that Scott's transgression was stealing "billions of dollars from the United States government." He was defeated in 2010. Scott was elected. Yet Kanjorski resurrected marvelously. On the op-ed page of the Times, he appeared Tuesday counseling on the proper response to the Tucson shooting.

As I say, liberalism is dead. This hitherto unthinkable effort to blame the unhinged act of a lunatic on the language of the right without respect to the often more inflammatory language of the left is a cry from the grave. Rigor mortis has set in, comrades, and even your president suffers. On the campaign trail in 2008, Barack Obama said, "If (Republicans) bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun."

I am eager to read what Krugman does with broccoli.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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