One GOP Lawmaker Says Dems Are ‘Ratcheting Up Rhetoric,’ While Another Calls for Beating Enemies to Pulp

Articles like “Accusations Fly Between Parties Over Threats and Vandalism” in the New York Times today (3/26/10) are fairly useless. Are Republicans “fanning the flames with coded rhetoric,” as a Democratic lawmaker says, or is a Republican representative right that it’s Democrats who are “ratcheting up the rhetoric”? Readers are really left to judge based on their own partisan predilections, since Times reporter Michael Cooper gives them almost nothing else to go on. The article reports that “some Democrats accused the Republicans of stoking anger on the right with their fierce language during the healthcare debate,” but it only gives […]