Ah, the civility

Remember the left’s calls for civility after the Loughner shooting? The left sure doesn’t.

Joe Biden calls Republicans terrorists, according to Politico:

Vice President Joe Biden joined House Democrats in lashing tea party Republicans Monday, accusing them of having “acted like terrorists” in the fight over raising the nation’s debt limit, according to several sources in the room.

Biden was agreeing with the execrable Mike Doyle (D-PA):

Biden was agreeing with a line of argument made by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) at a two-hour, closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting.

“We have negotiated with terrorists,” an angry Doyle said, according to sources in the room. “This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”

ASIDE: Biden now kinda-sorta-not-really denies the quote:

“I did not use the terrorism word,” Biden told CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley.

Basically Biden claims Politico didn’t get the quote verbatim. If Biden isn’t lying outright, he probably said “acted like that” in response to Doyle’s “terrorists”.

ANOTHER ASIDE: How exactly authorizing the addition of trillions of spending to the national debt makes it “impossible to spend any money” is beyond me.

It’s not just Biden and Doyle, there’s also the New York Times:

The rest of [the deal] is a nearly complete capitulation to the hostage-taking demands of Republican extremists.


ASIDE: A complete capitulation? If only.

And there’s also Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL):

The Tea Partiers and the GOP have made their slash and burn lunacy clear, and while I do not love this compromise, my vote is a hose to stop the burning. The arsonists must be stopped.

One might even get the idea that when the left cried out for more civility in politics, they didn’t really mean it. . .

UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg nails it. I looked up his examples of Democratic civility. Nancy Pelosi wants to save the world, from us:

What we’re trying to do is save the world from the Republican budget. . . We’re trying to save life on this planet as we know it today.

NYT columnist Tom Friedman calls us the Hezbollah faction:

If sane Republicans do not stand up to this Hezbollah faction in their midst, the Tea Party will take the G.O.P. on a suicide mission.

(Although, from Friedman that might not be intended as an insult. . .)

NYT columnist Joe Nocera gets excited:

Tea Party’s War on America

You know what they say: Never negotiate with terrorists. It only encourages them. These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people.

Chris Matthews does the Chris Matthews thing:

Why did [Obama] let this develop for six months. . . this drum roll of the Republicans saying, ‘We’ve got the baby. You don’t get the baby back unless you pay us?’ Why do you let the other side have the baby, to use kidnapping terms?

You know, it seems just possible that the left didn’t actually mean any of that stuff about civility.

UPDATE: A political cartoon calls the Tea Party terrorists, and fantasizes about the president sending in the SEALs to kill them.

UPDATE: Robert Reich, NPR commentator and former Secretary of Labor, calls Republicans hostage-takers. Also, Chris Matthews does the Chris Matthews thing some more:

Let me finish tonight with this bad experience we’ve all just been through. What we saw — what I saw, at least, was one guy with a knife and the other trying to avoid being cut. It was a thug attacking a victim. It was a mugging.

NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof, compares the Tea Party to Iran and Al Qaeda:

So let’s remember not only the national security risks posed by Iran and Al Qaeda. Let’s also focus on the risks, however unintentional, from domestic zealots.

And finally, Maureen Dowd manages to be the most temperate of the NYT columnists (and how sad is that?) with her entry:

The maniacal Tea Party freshmen are trying to burn down the House they were elected to serve in. It turns out they wanted to come inside to get a blueprint of the historic building to sabotage it.

Like gargoyles on the Capitol, the adamantine nihilists are determined to blow up the country’s prestige, their party and even their own re-election chances if that’s what it takes.

This outpouring of vitriol and, yes, demonization in the pages of the New York Times stands in stark contrast to their call for civility in politics:

This page and many others have identified those voices [whose “partisanship has been excessive” and who have sown “division and dread”] and called on them to stop demonizing their political opponents.

What a strange turnaround! Unless, just perhaps, they never meant it in the first place.

UPDATE: What I said about Maureen Dowd being the most temperate in the New York Times?Er, never mind:

They were like cannibals, eating their own party and leaders alive. They were like vampires, draining the country’s reputation, credit rating and compassion. They were like zombies, relentlessly and mindlessly coming back again and again to assault their unnerved victims, Boehner and President Obama. They were like the metallic beasts in “Alien” flashing mouths of teeth inside other mouths of teeth, bursting out of Boehner’s stomach every time he came to a bouquet of microphones.

UPDATE: Peter Wehner writes:

Why on earth would liberals do something like that? After all, they care– deeply care – about civility in public discourse. I know because they tell me that all the time.

When it serves their purposes of the moment.

(Via Instapundit.)

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