I am not too old to remember when the Left made a federal case — literally — over the confirmation to the Supreme Court of then-Judge Brett Kavanugh. Accusations of sexual misconduct decades earlier had been leveled by a woman who was vague about precisely when and where the alleged crime took place and could find no witness to corroborate her account. In spite of that, the Democrats insisted the woman was somehow “truthful” and proceeded to make the judge’s life into a living hell for a number of torturous weeks.
Around this time, former First Lady Hillary Clinton was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour about the Kavanaugh kerfuffle, the president’s temperament, and civility in politics in general. Mindful of her fellow Democrats’ boorish behavior during the confirmation hearings and the months preceding, during which a member of the House openly encouraged a mob of protesters to harass cabinet members at public venues, Clinton said:
You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or Senate, that’s when civility can start again.
At a time when Republicans are being shot, stabbed, doxxed, beaten, mailed powder, run out of restaurants, and sent death threats, Hillary Clinton urges Democrats to be even more uncivil. What an irresponsible statement. Every Democrat should denounce. pic.twitter.com/TdEmISWnzM
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) October 9, 2018
By anyone’s reckoning, the Democrats won back the House two months ago. So where is the civility Clinton promised? Is it in the behavior of newly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who called the president a motherf*cker or of liberal television personality Joy Behar, who said she “identifies with” Tlaib?
Maybe it was in the words of a Democratic senator who urged a GOP aide to “Kill yourself” over the “crime” of having accused him of abusing his Senate-issued parking pass or of a writer for The Root who shared his hope that NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch slowly burned to death in a car fire.