This from the Star.
In the latest call for civility, a bipartisan group of local elected officials pledged Friday to knock off the name calling and nasty talk.
A dozen city, county, state and federal elected officials met downtown to pledge: "I commit to promote a civil discussion of the issues we face."
It starts with leading by example, said Brian Miller, Pima County Republican Party chairman.
And for Democratic legislator Steve Farley, it includes apologizing to those who may have been hurt by his harsh words in the past.
Wow, that's great. Of course, the politicians aren't going to stay backed off if the media continues pummel them.
The escalation is inevitable. Here's Thursday's Benson Cartoon. This would have been outrageous even if there weren't calls for civility. Benson is no mere local commentator. He's not like a Tucson talk radio host. Benson is a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist for one of the largest papers in the nation. His paper also happens to be the paper of record in the very state in which the incident occurred. Benson helps set the national tone. We've already seen Palin respond to her critics with charges of "Blood Libel" then we've seen a full news cycle responding to her use of the term. So much for civility.
So now the Star is reporting that local politicians are toning it down. If you "tone Benson down", his cartoons will be about as interesting as the illustrations in Highlights magazine. Retire him. The era of the provocative editorial cartoon is over. People will look back on this era the same way we look back on ehnic jokes, or cigarette smoking characters on our Saturday morning cartoons. Or maybe cigarette advertising is a better example--Benson and Fitz are Joe the Camel. They were funny and effective for a number of years, but they do much more harm than good and eventually, grown ups decided to retire them.
That time is now.