September 7, 2011

ON THE OTHER HAND, DEMOCRATS AREN'T THE GROWN-UP PARTY:

Civility for Thee, Not for Me: Of course President Obama will not criticize Jimmy Hoffa's ugly rant. (Rich Lowry, 9/06/11, National Review)

Pres. Barack Obama delivered hi s loviest speech as president in Tucson, Ariz., after the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords. It was moving, pitch-perfect and -- in its key passages calling for civility in our political discourse -- brazenly insincere.

Obama said we should be sure that "we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." He framed his call as a way to honor the victims of the Tucson tragedy: "Only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud."

Teamster president Jimmy Hoffa must have been too busy watching old episodes of The Sopranos that night. In a warm-up act for the president's rally the other day in Detroit, Hoffa unloosed a witless, stereotypically crude tirade standing at a podium about to be affixed with a presidential seal and graced by the presence of the Master of Civility himself.

Hoffa told the rally that the Tea Party had declared "war on workers," but told his listeners that organized labor likes "a good fight." He thundered: "They got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner." He assured President Obama that "this is your army," and urged the crowd to vote: "Let's take these son of a bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong [sic]."



Posted by at September 7, 2011 7:27 AM
  

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