If anyone wonders why good, decent people are fleeing the Republican party, you need look no further than the loudest voices of Conservative talking heads. This summer, Ann Coulter shocked us all with vitriolic tirades against 9-11 widows who—God forbid—have views on politics and dare to voice their support for candidates other than Bush Approved Neo-Bots. It was disgusting and vile and most of us found it shameful. Today, Rush Limbaugh picks up the mantle.
Taking a page from Coulter, Rush Limbaugh has decided to openly mock Michael J. Fox's tremors associated with Parkinson's disease as a way to debate Fox's recent ads supporting embryonic stem cell research and Claire McCaskill [corrected--ed.].
Instead of arguing the points of the debate, both Limbaugh and Coulter revert to simple playground bullying and defend their actions with the twisted logic that they HAVE to attack these people because they are beyond reproach.
"I believe Democrats have a long history of using victims of various things as political spokespeople because they believe they are untouchable, infallible, they are immune from criticism," said Limbaugh.
This is the same argument Coulter used to defend her remarks that certain 9-11 widows were "harpies" and "witches." Not content to stop there, Coulter said, "I have never seen people enjoying their husband's death so much."
The core of Conservatism used to be based in reasonable and polite debate and discourse. It was what probably attracted most of the 60s generation to its ranks following 20 years of the New Left's attacks on Nixon, Reagan, and the elder Bush. The increasingly psychopathic and theatric attacks on people for which most of this country holds some respect—even if they respectfully disagree—may very well find the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter screaming ever more pathetically into the dark.