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Any pause in harsh rhetoric may be short-lived

Associated Press Jan 13, 5:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) �  Despite President Barack Obama's appeal for civility, history suggests any move toward cooler political rhetoric after the Arizona shootings will soon fade. An early test will come Jan. 25, when some lawmakers are asking Democrats and Republicans to sit side by side for Obama's State of the Union speech, rather than splitting the House chamber by party as usual.


(ap) - "...some lawmakers are asking Democrats and Republicans to sit side by side...", Um... Some DemocRATS are being Passively Aggressively UNCIVIL by asking to do this after how they and theirs have acted since the Shooting... This Shooting in Arizona was NOT the Product of Washington or the Discourse there.  The DemocRATS are Shamelessly Exploiting this Tragedy for Political Points and have been since the Bodies were being rushed to the Hospital and NPR was Incorrectly Reporting that the Congresswoman was Dead.  They took up their Pens, and went to the Errwaves with Immediate Attacks on Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, the Tea Party and the Collective Right in this Country, claiming that the Incivility on only ONE Side of the Isle was why this Psychopath went on a Shooting Rampage... Day after day they continued pointing the finger at the Right... The worst of ALL of them being that DemocRAT Sheriff down in Arizona who is Obviously trying to cover his own Department's Collective Ass for what they didn't do about this Nut since LONG before Sarah ever set foot out of Alaska.  Anyway, the President came in as his Party's "Good Cop" on Wednesday night and called for Civility... A Civility that was Lost when his People went on the Attack within Hours of this Shooting.  Now that the REPUBLICans won't belly up to the Bar and Drink with the Liar and his Party, they are the Uncivil ones... And the DemocRATS "Free Press" is more than Happy to Parrot the Talking Point... Let's Read together, shall we... - tha malcontent)

Initial reactions to that idea on Capitol Hill were not encouraging, especially from the Republican side. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said House members may "sit where they choose."


("Initial reactions to that idea on Capitol Hill were not encouraging, especially from the Republican side."... Goodness, we aren't Editorializing here, are we?... Is it Possible for the AP to point out that the DemocRATS, by asking for this, are Engaging in the MOST Disgusting kind of Political Theater?... - tha malcontent)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had no comment on the suggestion, which was offered by Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., signaled he might be open to the idea but wanted more discussion. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., embraced it.


(This is Disgusting... Seriously... Exploiting this Tragedy for Political Theater in DC... But then again, this is the Party that tripped over it's own **** to get a Pep Rally going down in Arizona for the Tragedy not days after the Shots were Fired... Did you get your T-Shirt? - tha malcontent)

In a sometimes-emotional speech Wednesday night in Tucson, Obama implored Americans to reflect on the fatal shootings at Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' outdoor forum, but "not on the usual plane of politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle."


(Don't do what I am doing up here in my Position of "Good Cop" after my Party and it's Media has Played "Bad Cop" all Week... It's time to put aside Petty Differences... If you don't, we'll call you Uncivil... If you point out that we have been Attacking you since the Shooting, we'll call you Uncivil... If you point out that our Party has Elected Officials who have put Targets on Candidate's Faces and called for them to be taken out and Shot, we'll call you Uncivil..." - Barry the Messianic. - tha malcontent)

A lack of civility did not cause the tragedy, he said, but "only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation."


(Direct that at your Party and your Media... And if you Believe what you just said, Mr. President, then how does this Shooting have ANYTHING to do with ANYTHING or ANYONE but the Shooter and his Victims?... There is no Need for a National Dialogue because this isn't a Reflection of the Nation... It's a Reflection of ONE Psychopath. - tha malcontent)

The White House on Thursday said it was interested in Udall's proposal to have Democrats and Republican intermingle when they sit for this month's big speech by Obama.


(Of course they are... Just wait and see what the Tone is coming out of Barry's Mouth that Day... - tha malcontent)

"The choreographed standing and clapping of one side of the room - while the other side sits - is unbecoming of a serious institution," Udall said in a letter. As the nation reels from the six fatalities in Tucson and the severe wounding of Giffords, he said, Congress has a chance "to bring civility back to politics."


(Did the Ft. Hood Shooting Require this?... Why is this Shooting Different?... Less Casualties in AZ?... Oh wait, it was as an Islamist who Infiltrated our Military and Attacked us on our Soil... On one of our Military Bases... But Illustrating THOSE Facts is again being Uncivil and of course, Racist. - tha malcontent)

House Republicans have rejected the Democrats' request to postpone next week's vote to repeal the Obama-backed health care law, the focus of harsh political commentary, and occasional violence, for the past two years.


(Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawn... - tha malcontent)

National tragedies in recent years have led to calmer political rhetoric only briefly, if at all.

Leaders of both parties vowed to unite the nation after an anti-government militia movement sympathizer killed 168 people by bombing a federal building in Oklahoma City in 1995. Seven months later, a partisan budget impasse led to a temporary government shutdown. The public mostly blamed House Republicans, and the incident helped catapult President Bill Clinton to re-election.


("an anti-government militia movement sympathizer..." Really?... That's a lot of Words... How would the AP Describe the Ft. Hood Shooter?  As for Calming the Rhetoric, didn't Bill Clinton point the Finger at Rush Limbaugh for the OKC Bombing?... He Certainly did... History Repeats itself.  And my Favorite Line in the Story from the Self-Proclaimed Objective Associated Press: "The public mostly blamed House Republicans", Classic... - tha malcontent)

In 2001, a few hours after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, lawmakers from both parties sang "God Bless America" on the Capitol's steps. "Democrats and Republicans will stand shoulder to shoulder to fight this evil," said House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill.


(Yeah it only took the DemocRATS a couple of Months to change their pee-stained Panties and start Attacking the War in Afghanistan... It was DemocRAT Tom DasHole who said he wasn't Certain we could Win it, just in the Early Spring following the 9/11 Attacks. - tha malcontent)

But the parties returned fairly quickly to quarreling and strong-arm tactics on domestic issues, then split over the Iraq war. Hastert oversaw a GOP push to add a prescription drug benefit to Medicare in 2003. It culminated in a much-criticized predawn House vote in which the roll call was held open for hours while party leaders pressured colleagues to vote yes.


(Sorry, AP... I Documented you back then... The Split in the War Against Terror came LONG Before Iraq was being Debated... And it was the DemocRATS splitting it... Stop Lying. - tha malcontent)

If anything, partisanship has worsened since then. Last year's health care law was passed despite unanimous Republican opposition. Giffords, who voted for the bill, received threats, saw her district office vandalized and said she worried about the consequences of menacing debate.


("Giffords, who voted for the bill, received threats, saw her district office vandalized and said she worried about the consequences of menacing debate."... Yeah, and that's Terrible... As is the level of Threats Against Sarah Palin... Yep... You didn't Know?... That's because the AP isn't going to EVER Paint a Sympathetic Picture of that Bitch... Because that's how they View her... And it shows. - tha malcontent)

The House appears more sharply divided now. The Republicans' 63-seat gain in last fall's elections came mainly at the expense of moderate Democrats, making the Democratic caucus smaller but more liberal.


(And in that, a LOT Crazier... - tha malcontent)

"The parties, especially in the House, are much more divided now," said Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz. And with a few congressional Republicans defeated in last year's primaries by tea party candidates, Abramowitz said, some GOP lawmakers will not want to risk being seen as willing to work with Democrats.


(Ding, ding, ding!... "Tea Party" Reference! - tha malcontent)

Last week, the Washington-based "Civility Project" disbanded after only three of Congress' 535 members signed a pledge to treat their adversaries with respect.


(Civility Project... For the Love of... - tha malcontent)

Lanny J. Davis, a Democratic lawyer and co-founder of the bipartisan project, said Thursday that lawmakers in both parties "want to reserve the right to be angry and uncivil."

Davis, who counseled the Clinton White House, said irresponsible partisan sniping won't stop until leaders of both parties reprimand abusers from their own side, not their opponents'. He said Obama should publicly ask liberal commentators such as MSNBC's Keith Olbermann to stop attacking conservatives such as Fox News' Bill O'Reilly.


(Good luck with that, Lanny... - tha malcontent)

"If there is going to be a change, there has to be more Sister Souljah moments," Davis said. He was referring to a 1992 campaign speech in which Clinton angered some blacks, an important Democratic base, by criticizing violent and racially tinged hip-hop songs and their singers.


(Again... Not gonna happen... And Billy was Pandering. - tha malcontent)

Obama won widespread praise for Wednesday's speech in Tucson. But he has been known to indulge in partisan digs himself. He regaled audiences last year with a parable about unhelpful Republicans, standing on the sidelines and "sipping on a Slurpee," while Democrats tried to pull the economy from the ditch where the GOP drove it.


(Really?... That's what you guys got on Barry?... How about a Knife to a Gunfight?... Or the Enemies Comment to the Latino Group?...  Shameless, AP... Shameless. - tha malcontent)

And last February, Obama hosted a bipartisan health care summit that had virtually no bipartisan warmth.


(Literally Rolling O+n the Floor Laughing my Fargin Icehole off!... The Cork Soakin' Nerve of these "Reporters" @ the AP. - tha malcontent)

When Sen. John McCain, whom Obama had defeated to win the presidency, condemned the overall health care debate, Obama sharply reminded him, "We're not campaigning anymore. The election's over."


(The NERVE!... Again, Barry has said FAR WORSE... And the AP Knows it. Have they EVER Reported on Mitchell's (D) Crosshairs on Hayworth's (R) Face in the last Election?... I Doubt it... Crosshairs on Congressional Districts is FAR MORE Uncivil... Damned Sarah! - tha malcontent)

And now the 2010 election is over, with Obama's party suffering huge losses. Republicans feel emboldened, Democrats are surly, and a horrific shooting in Arizona may do little to change the dynamics.


(That won't Stop the DemocRATS from Trying to Molest this Tragedy for Political Points... As they are Proving on a Daily... Hell, they wouldn't being doing this if they had Retained the House.  This is EXACTLY why they are Politicizing this Tragedy... Wounded and Cornered RATS have not other Options. <Suck on that Civility. - tha malcontent) | Greenville News | The Greenville News


Associated Press writer Donna Cassata contributed to this report.




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