Guy Benson
I guess HHS has doled out another civility waiver, this time to Rep. Mike Capuano (D-MA):

A Democratic Congressman from Massachusetts is raising the stakes in the nation’s fight over the future of public employee unions, saying emails aren’t enough to show support and that it is time to “get a little bloody.”

“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston on Tuesday rallying in solidarity for Wisconsin union members. …

This is not Capuano’s first brush with violent rhetoric. Last month Capuano said, “Politicians, I think are too bland today. I don’t know what they believe in. Nothing wrong with throwing a coffee cup at someone if you’re doing it for human rights.”


I know it's a cliche, but it's too applicable not to reiterate:  If, say, Sarah Palin had said anything remotely like this to a conservative audience post-Tucson, the MSM would be seized by fainting spells.  Every television interview with Republican officials would begin with a "will you denounce Sarah Palin..." question.  Paul Krugman and Frank Rich would pen hysterical columns denouncing Palin's bloodthirsty dog whistles.  And, inevitably, many conservative politicians and pundits would distance themselves from the remarks.

There are two sets of rules in this country, as established by Democrats and their media henchmen.  If you're a liberal and you engage in violent or plainly hateful speech, you may have gotten a little carried away in your otherwise laudable and passionate participation in the political process.  If you're a conservative who's attended a rally where someone else's protest sign may have strained the boundaries of good taste, you're tarred as an angry, racist extremist, bent on the violent overthrow of the US government. 

The "new tone" only applies to one side.

Guy Benson

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