When Alice fell down the rabbit hole, the whole world became backwards. The same thing has happened now that Obama is President. Actually, the world is the same dangerous place that it always was. It's just that the left side of the political spectrum have become the neocons. Can I call them the neo-neocons? inelegant, but accurate.
Take the latest missive by the Republic's EJ Montini. Let's leave aside the fact that Montini is demanding that the US bomb Syria and focus on the tactic that Montini uses.
The post is a response to Congressman Salmon's statement that he opposes bombing Syria. Montini responded that Salmon is just like the Penn State Assistant coach who watched Jerry Sandusky rape a boy in the shower yet did nothing. Ok. I have to say it...that's simply insane. How can you possibly equate ignoring a young boy getting raped with a Congressman's decision NOT to bomb a sovereign nation that has not threatened the United States?
Usually it's right leaning politicians--not left leaning journalist--who make grossly insensitive comments about rape. Montini's column fails this test on two accounts. First, no matter how much you disagree with a Congressman's decisions, they are not equivalent to walking away while you know a boy is being raped in a shower. Montini's comparison of Salmon to coach McQueary is disgusting and should not be tolerated. Second, rape is such a horrific crime that reasonable people can't use it in a metaphor. You can't say that any type of Congressional deliberation is like ignoring child rape because the analogy both vilifies congressmen and makes light of rape.
So what now? Before we traveled through this looking glass, back when it was right-leaning politicians who made these types of crazy comments, they were held accountable. Their comments made national news and the grown ups who employed them made sure they apologized or went away...usually both. We'll see what happens here. Maybe we will actually see some outrage from someone like, say, Kyrsten Sinema, who could point out that reasonable Congressmen can disagree about bombing Syria, but they shouldn't be compared to accomplices to rape. Maybe Montini will apologize to Salmon for comparing him to a man who stands by while a child is being raped. Maybe publisher John Zidich will feel compelled to write a column in which he points out that Montini's outrageous comparison is not appropriate and is not shared by Republic Management. Or maybe the Republic management will realize that Montini has crossed the line of professionalism and civility and needs to retire.
Or maybe we will get the same reaction as we did when Steve Benson portrayed the Republican Elephant as Cincinatte basement rapist Ariel Castro. The reaction to that was...let me see...nothing.
Maybe the Republic management will do the right thing. Maybe they won't. But I hope they will at least think back to this moment when they host another essay contest on the need for civility.