ACORN hagiographer John Atlas has a bizarre column out in which he tries to cash in on the left’s totalitarian demands for “civility.”
Yet with regard to the Tucson attack, Obama’s instinct is to eloquently, movingly counsel restraint because we cannot know what was in the mind of Tucson shooter. We should not blame the attack on Palin’s “crosshairs” map or her repeated calls to “reload.” We should not suggest that Sharon Angle’s urging of “Second Amendment remedies” to “take out” her Democratic opponents had any bearing on content of the assassin’s delusions.
Since there is no evidence that the Jared Loughner was in fact influenced by right wing atmospherics, Obama’s analysis will remain correct. And I do not intend to detract from Obama’s almost poetic elegies for the Tucson dead.
My issue is this: Why has Obama been so quick to exercise elegant restraint when it comes to protecting the extreme right, but not when it came to protecting the nation’s largest anti-poverty group?
Atlas goes on to blame the “extreme right” by which he means Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sarah Palin for ACORN’s self-immolation.
It is a silly argument.