If Friday's attack had been anywhere else and involved someone yelling "allahu akbar," the 2016 GOP presidential clown car would still be in full exploitation mode. They would be screaming from the rafters that it's Obama's fault because he's weak, Syrian refugees must be Christians, ISIS is already in America and only they can save us from the oncoming ground assault. Etc, etc...
But since a Planned Parenthood is involved, there's nothing to see here folks, move along.
On Twitter, Donald Trump is still blathering about how much he loves the disabled. Jeb Bush is tweeting about football. Ted Cruz hasn't put up anything new in over a week.1 Marco Rubio was "sickened" by the killing of Luís Diaz in Venezuela a couple of days ago, but is busy promoting his cold-weather bundle of Rubio gear today. Ben Carson is burnishing his foreign policy credentials by talking to refugees in Jordan. Carly Fiorina has been quiet since Thanksgiving.
But it's a holiday weekend, so maybe they've turned off the news to spend more time with their families. All 14 of them. Still, I know they're all resolutely opposed to terrorism and adamantly in favor of law and order, so I'm sure they'll issue uncompromising condemnations sometime soon. After all, we can't allow depraved attacks against health clinics on American soil to be met with silence that could easily be interpreted as backing down in the face of hate. Right?
At this point only Senator Ted Cruz even mentioned it in a tweet.
Here's Marco Rubio's important winter message:
It's pretty sickening that when domestic terrorists strike in the US, there's barely a mention about it by the right wing press. And the beltway press seems confused because as Duncan Black sees it:
You can understand why our media has problems with this stuff. Both sides, also, too.
It's as if the lives lost due to those sickos isn't as important as the lives lost at the hands of jihadists.
The NY Times put them all in a graph:
We're just talking about political violence in that chart. (Mass shootings and general gun violence has literally killed hundreds of thousands of people in that time frame.)
Now ask yourself, which of those violent ideologies is more likely to present an existential threat to our way of life? Which one influences more Americans to take up the cause? Which one has power within our governing structure?