I'll pause for a moment and point out that I'm quick to lambaste liberals when they exceed any reasonable standard of decency by wishing harm on those whom they disagree with--Ted Rall and Keith Olbermann come immediately to mind. Voicing hopes that Dick Cheney has a heart attack, or that the President would just get shot, or that Reagan went to Hell--these are expressions so beneath contempt that one wonders how they could be tolerated in any company. Yet, they occur with frequency--not just on liberal blogs like Kos, Firedoglake, MyDD, and Democratic Underground, but in mainstream press and commentary (e.g., Rall and Olbermann). So much for tolerance and decency, I always say, and rightly so. And you should note that I practice what I preach in this regard (see the 1st paragraph here).
So when I heard Tammy Bruce talk this morning about Kennedy's impending brain tumor surgery, I was shocked, disgusted, and saddened. Generally I find that conservatives will at least say the right thing in such situations, if for no other reason than to be polite, civil, and decent, but what Tammy said today was what I'd expect of liberals talking about conservatives, and I've already pointed out how foul that is.
Oh, she was trying to sound nice, but she came across as an insincere you-know-what. I can't find a transcript of it, so I'll paraphrase as best I can. If anyone can find a transcript, please send me a link pronto. The segment in question was between 10 and 10:30 am EDT today. In the meantime, here's my paraphrase:
I'm not going to lose any sleep over it (Kennedy's surgery). I mean, I don't wish him any harm, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. There's a young woman from the 60's who'd have loved half the concern and medical attention Kennedy's getting.
That's just mean-spirited and unnecessary. If you're Joe Sixpack Blogger and say something like that, I'm not going to worry about it too much. But if you're a big voice in the conservative movement, or a talk show host that's filling in for a nationally syndicated conservative talk show host, you'd darn sure better not bring disgrace upon the rest of us conservatives.
And Tammy, disgrace is exactly what you brought us today. Shame on you. I expect more decency from a fellow conservative.