Jerry Falwell Dead at 73

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: May 15, 2007 1:45 PM

He was hospitalized earlier today in "gravely serious" condition after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

Allah has waded through the left-wing Internet hang-outs to bring you the rejoice-in-death threads they are so famous for. I'll link one DU thread (the second one that had to be opened due to the wealth of sensitive commentary) in case you're not in the mood for the richness of all the reaction.

This seems like an appropriate moment for some wisdom from Susan Estrich (I read this somewhere yesterday, but can't remember where, so my apologies for no hat tip). Here's Susan addressing the HuffPo crowd's reaction to Tony Snow's battle with cancer:

These are not people who know Tony, or have personally been harmed by him in any way. Butthey wish him the worst; they take pleasure in his battle; they make ugly jokes about his condition. This is a husband and father who is fighting a scary illness, doing it with grace and dignity, changing people’s minds about living with cancer … and one after another of the messages is from someone who wishes him the worst because their hate is so deep.

I come from the school of politics that says ultimately, we’re all on the same team, that you fight as hard as you can all day, but after the day ends, you drink together, or eat together, or party together. Whatever it is that you do, you do it with people on the other side, as well. It’s a disagreement, not a war.We’re partisans, not enemies. I don’t call this the “old” school but the better one.

And, back to the "new school" and the worse one.