James Taranto, who writes the Best of the Web for the Wall Street Journal has a devastating, well documented retort to Congresswoman Maxine Waters who accuses the tea party of vicious rhetoric. He plays back her own stuff, fanning the flames of the LA riots and expressing her support for the rioters, and her vicious attacks on then President Bush when the anti-war crow was en fuego here in the Capitol. In other words, Maxine really has fomented political violence and it is particularly odd that she accuses the innocent Tea Party of doing what she actually did.
But it appears the Democrats think Maxine's hypocritical approach is worth repeating elsewhere in the hope that our memories are nanoseconds short.
A reporter for the Palm Beach Post (George Bennett) sent Allen West, Republican Candidate for Florida's 22 District, an attack from Broward County Democratic Chair Mitch Ceasar which accused him of stoking violence and sought a response.
Caeser's press release reads:
Republican Congressional Candidate Allen West Stokes Violent Fringe that Threatens Our Leaders
This afternoon, the Broward County Democratic Chair blasted Republican Congressional candidate Allen West today for his continuing use of extreme rhetoric and incendiary language. West's rhetoric is similar to recent extremist communication from conservative darling Sarah Palin, who endorsed West recently. [snip]
"Allen West is willfully fanning the flames," Broward County Democratic Chair Mitch Ceasar said. "One of the great ironies is that Allen West loves to talk about freedom and one of the greatest tenets of our democracy is the ability to have divergent opinions, yet Allen West thinks it is appropriate behavior to call his opponent names and use violent language.
"It's not surprising Allen West uses extreme rhetoric to raise his profile. These are serious times and people want a responsible leader who will work to solve problems and move our country forward. Allen West represents exactly the kind of leadership Florida's 22nd Congressional District doesn't deserve," said Ceasar. [snip]
West's mentor Sarah Palin is also no stranger to using violent references in her communications. Palin last month unveiled a national political map using rifle crosshairs to mark the members of Congress across the country who supported healthcare reform.
"West and his mentor Sarah Palin are shamefully stoking violent language and symbolism that threatens the safety of our leaders and public officials," Ceasar said. "The hard working people of South Florida know that inciting people with extreme and violent language sometimes leads to far more violent and monstrous acts. It's sad that Allen West and Sarah Palin lack the basic decency, common sense and responsibility to realize this."
In response West wrote:
The history of the Democratic party is steeped in intimidation. It was the Democratic Party that started the KKK to enforce Jim Crow segregation laws. It was the Democratic party that instituted lynching and other means of violence to preclude blacks from enjoying the Constitutional rights the Republican party established in the 13-15th Amendments and the early Civil Rights Legislation during the Reconstruction Era through the 1960s.
It is the Democratic party which today promotes the intimidation tactics of ACORN, SEIU, Code Pink, Anarchist groups, and the New Black Panther Party. Mitch Ceasar is typical of liberal Democrats in seeking to create a smoking mirror when nothing exists. Caesar is a true representative of the politics of hypocrisy that infests the Democrat party.
The liberals of Broward County are evidencing their fear of the American people, and our campaign, and OUR voices will not be silenced.
If Nancy Pelosi's puppet Congressman Ron Klein will not face his constituents, then yes, he should remain in his gated community home... and not continue with the charade of being a Representative of the people of Congressional District 22. This is not stoking any violent fringe, it is simply stating the fact that Congressman Ron Klein is a liberal Democrat coward. And Mitch Caesar lives in a world of delusion...perhaps he should focus on the culture of corruption that is the Broward Democrat Party, not this Congressional race.
George, tell Mitch to stop playing these petulant, immature games of petty character assassination politics, another Democrat trait, trying to fight for a weak Congressman. Let Klein stand on his own, I am. And yes, the clock is ticking, because on 2 November Ron Klein will indeed be former Congressman Ron Klein.