It might have been a slip of the tongue on his part. But it was still scary the other night, hearing Sean Hannity describe his tea bagger audience as “a bunch of Timothy McVeigh wanna-be’s” – and watching the audience roar with approval.
Did he really mean to compare them to terrorist Timothy McVeigh?
Who knows? But it fits the kind of rhetoric we hear every day from right-wing talk radio.
Glenn Beck calls the president a racist. Rush Limbaugh calls Democrats bastards. Lou Dobbs says President Obama isn’t even a U.S. citizen. Michael Savage tells a gay caller to choke on a sausage and die. And, of course, their followers come to Washington to hurl racial and homophobic insults at, and even spit on, members of Congress.
You know, nothing wrong with good, strong, spirited political debate. I’ve been doing it all of my life. With some of the strongest conservative voices in the country.
But what we hear today on right-wing talk radio is not political debate. It’s political vitriol, which is more and more ugly, hateful, personal, violent – and dangerous.
Where are the responsible conservative voices brave enough to stand up and condemn such poisoning of the airwaves?
That’s my parting shot for today.