On Sunday, Bill Clinton wrote a piece in The New York Times in which he used the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing to make a political point.
You could see it coming:
"Fifteen years ago, the line was crossed in Oklahoma City. In the current climate, with so many threats against the president, members of Congress and other public servants, we owe it to the victims of Oklahoma City, and those who survived and responded so bravely, not to cross it again."
Now, there's a lot wrong with that quote, but let's start with connecting a terrorist act to current unhappiness about the administration. That's low.
And then "we owe it to the victims," not to cross this line again. We? It's as if Clinton is asking all of us not to blow stuff up. Generally, people amenable to that weren't planning on it anyway.
And later, when Clinton mentions "contentious and "partisan" types, it only makes me think of... Clinton. When his face wasn't red with lipstick, it was red with anger — and sometimes, ketchup.
But the worst? The whole "current climate" thing. Look, this time is no more violent than any time before. Those Tea Parties from last week? I've seen scarier office picnics.
So when Captain Busyhands talks about the "vast echo chamber," he's really talking about those like him who constantly smear their intellectual adversaries as violent racists. It's happening so much, it's starting to make me really, really mad.
Maybe that's the point.
And if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobe who hates tofu.