Dan Nowicki has a good story on the coarsening of political discourse, but it lacks context.
It seems that the mainstream media don't understand that the left treated Bush like Hitler for eight years and are somehow surprised that they have permanently lowered the level of discourse.
Take this uncharacteristically clueless comment from the Gabby Giffords.
"He was called a liar on the floor of the Congress," Giffords said. "It was a little shocking. I certainly never heard anything like that during President Bush's addresses. I know there were a lot of people who disagreed with what he had to say."
Of course she wasn't in Congress in 2005 when Democrats booed Bush's State of the Union Address. Listen close and see if you hear them yell "you lie."
The hapless Arizona Daily Star (are they still around?) has diccovered the need for "civility" as well.
Civility aside of course, there's the substance of Joe Wilson's charge. After all, Wilson's outburst occurred when President Obama was claiming that the new health plan wouldn't cover illegal aliens--during a speech in which he claimed that the overall plan will save money. Is there anyone who thinks those two assertions are true?
To be sure, there probably won't be an actual category called "Coverage for the Undocumented," but some portion of the coverage will go to provide care for illegal aliens and, while perhaps not a huge percentage of the total package, the number is likely to be billions of dollars annually.
And what about the whopper that Obama Care will save money? The Congressional budget office certainly doesn't think so.
So the left set a new standard of disruption and protest during the Bush years and they seem legitimately shocked that the right has decided to embrace that standard during the Obama years. I can understand their dismay--since the right are generally polite and have jobs, radical protest isn't their style. I guess the difference is that Republican protests will have to be on Saturdays...oh, and there won't be as much litter.