Discourse: Debased

I look forward to all of the people who have told us that we need more civility in our politics, and who regularly tell us that it is such a shame that the right—and only the right!—prevents such civility, saying something about this:

A Democratic super PAC launched recently to oppose Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) reelection is under fire for tweeting about McConnell’s “Chinese” wife and suggesting that the senator is gay.

The group, Progress Kentucky, tweeted the following  Feb. 14 about McConnell and his wife, former labor secretary Elaine Chao, who is of Chinese descent and was born in Taiwan:

This woman has the ear of @mcconnellpress — she’s his #wife. May explain why your job moved to #Chinarense.com/general77/raci…

— Progress Kentucky (@ProgressKy) February 14, 2013

Even ThinkProgress, which normally shills for anything and everything that Democrats do (while pretending to be non-partisan for tax purposes) decided that it couldn’t support this entirely unsubstantiated attack.

So when are the members of the self-appointed civility corps going to pipe up and take their own side to task, given that just about all of them can be found on the port side? Or will they remain utterly silent and prove to be as hypocritical as I suspect them of being?

  1. Devereaux

    “entirely unsubstantiated attack”

    It was NOT an “entirely unsubstantiated attack”. It is an out and out slur! Call it for what it is. “Unsubstantiated” suggests that there might be some truth there – there isn’t. This is just below contempt.

  2. Hartmann von Aue

    It’s a revolting, despicable slur at that. 

    On the plus side, I didn’t know McConnell was married to Elaine Chao. Good for them.

  3. Goldgeller

    It’s always just one bad tweet when it comes to the left. “Obviously we can’t all be held responsible for this one staffers tweet. We didn’t even approve it.” (I’m just saying what people will say.) And notice how the bad tweets are never approved? 

    When it comes to the right, something like that is proof that everyone is racist.

    I’m just surprised at the ability for some on the left to shrug their shoulders at stuff like this. 

  4. Richard Fulmer
    Goldgeller: It’s alwaysjust one bad tweet when it comes to the left. “Obviously we can’t all be held responsible for this one staffers tweet. We didn’t even approve it.” (I’m just saying what people will say.) And notice how the bad tweets are never approved? 

    When it comes to the right, something like that is proof that everyone is racist.

    I’m just surprised at the ability for some on the left to shrug their shoulders at stuff like this.  

    The standard response I get from Progressives is: “But the word “liberal” means “tolerant.”  Their implication being, I suppose, that because they’ve labeled themselves ”tolerant,” anything they say or do, no matter how vile, must therefore be labeled “tolerant” as well.

  5. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    Shrugging their shoulders has become an act as involuntary as breathing.

    Goldgeller: It’s alwaysjust one bad tweet when it comes to the left. “Obviously we can’t all be held responsible for this one staffers tweet. We didn’t even approve it.” (I’m just saying what people will say.) And notice how the bad tweets are never approved? 

    When it comes to the right, something like that is proof that everyone is racist.

    I’m just surprised at the ability for some on the left to shrug their shoulders at stuff like this.  · February 27, 2013 at 7:36am

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