What was the most vile statement toward a Republican official made by an elected Democrat?
The Logo had the following exchange tonight with a former business associate. He wrote the following:
O'Neal is not just some random citizen. He's been elected as speaker of the Kansas house by his peers, so he's well respected member of their state legislature.
As a citizen, a conservative and a Christian, do you find it acceptable to pray for the death of your elected leader?
Ricochet has ignored this issue. You're the intelligent conservative site. Challenge this.
[Former Business Associate]
The Logo didn't know what Former Business Associate was talking about, so he checked out the link and Googled around a bit. This led him to write back the following:
Dear [Former Business Associate]:
I'm not sure if it was ignored... I, for one, was unaware of it.
If he had prayed for the death of Obama, then it would be deplorable. But it doesn't look like he did that.
Based on five minutes of research (for example, this), it looks like O'Neal singled out one verse of the psalm. Psalm 109:8, to be specific: "Let his days be few; let another take his office." He sent that single verse around to his colleagues with a note to the effect that he could really get behind that prayer for Obama.
His antagonists helpfully tacked on the next verse, verse 9, which contained the fatherless and widowed references. And now they're all up in arms about verse 9.
I admit it was probably pretty stupid, but it's a stretch to say he was praying for Obama's death.
He responded back, essentially ignoring the difference between Psalm 109 in its entirety and the single verse The Logo understands O'Neal cited.
The Left seems to easily forget how much invective was hurled at Bush during his two terms in office. The Logo thought there was something egregious said by someone like Maxine Waters or Alan Grayson, but can't find anything after 20 minutes of searching.
Does the Ricochet community recall anything like this?
Update: Edited to change from "most vile statement toward President Bush made by an elected American official" to "most vile statement toward a Republican official made by an elected Democrat."
Answer by Roberto
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
accused Republicans of pushing legislation that would poison more than 8,000 people to death as a Christmas gift to Americans.
“They have attached a poison pill — literally, colleagues — because it will kill 8,100 more people..."
Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD)
“It is not a dog whistle or code anymore but plain as day. I think the American people get this, and we don’t want to take a 50-year step back in history. That’s what these Republican candidates are doing,”
Former Rep. Alan Mark Grayson (D-FL)
"I think there’s a sort of race between [Newt’s] egomania and his racism. And I think he’s running the most overtly racist campaign that I’ve seen in this country since George Wallace."
Rep Henry Waxman (D - CA)
“They want to use legislation as a way to act like terrorists. They hold things as hostage,”
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
"These voter ID laws have a partisan agenda: seeking to disenfranchise and deny specific populations of voters before they have the opportunity to elect their representatives in government...“turning the clock back to the days of Jim Crow.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
“I don’t know what the middle class ever did to the Republicans that they’re so out to get them,”
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
“The message I have for climate deniers is this: you are endangering humankind,”
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
supporters of these laws have made the “misrepresentation” that there was fraud in the 2008 election, “maybe because we elected the first African American president.”
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY)
drew a connection to these laws and Obama’s election, and said he’s not sure if the laws are being advanced due to “the color of the President”
From the October 6, 2006 "Real Time" program on HBO:
Host Bill Maher: You could have went to New Hampshire and killed two birds with one stone.
Senator John Kerry (D-MA): Or, I could have gone to 1600 Pennsylvania and killed the real bird with one stone.
Answer by Mark Wilson
Not to be dismissive, but it's kind of an obscure thing to argue about. You're basically trying to extrapolate how good or bad Obama's detractors are by comparison to how good or bad Bush's detractors were, based on examples of elected officials in small state legislatures, which would provide about two or three data points if you're lucky.
What should really illustrate the point is posts this this one (scroll down for photos).
Answer by Roberto
April 12, 2012 - Maine Rep. Chuck Kruger (D-Thomaston)Says Dick Cheney Should be Executed
Rep. Chuck Kruger (D-Thomaston), the Democrat chair of the Maine legislature’s Moderate Caucus, used his Twitter account to express his view that former Vice President Dick Cheney should be executed. This comment has led some to question the validity of Kruger’s moderate credentials.
Kruger made the statement through his Twitter account this past summer, saying, “Cheney deserves same final end he gave Saddam."