Apparently funeral of Coretta Scott King became just another avenue for Bush bashing – just as the Wellstone memorial service degenerated into the crudest of political spectacles.
Glenn Reynolds notes:
Why does this keep happening? Part of it, I think, is that the Democratic Party is in a state where it finds it hard to get national TV coverage except when someone dies. I think that their behavior reflects another forlorn hope for regeneration. I guess looking at policies is out of the question, though.
On this issue, I don’t care what the excuse, rationale, or reasoning was. A funeral is never a place to score political points. It is certainly an utter violation of common decency to not only polticize a funeral, but criticize a person sitting in the audience.
The Democrats are learning from the worst of the Republican Party during the Clinton Administration. One would think given that they were on the other side that they would do better. Then again the sad state of American politics makes me think that the idea of being able to put partisanship aside for one gorram moment is just too much to ask of some people these days.
Coretta Scott King was the wife of one of the greatest leaders of the previous century, a man who transformed American society for the better. She herself was a great and dignified woman. She deserved a better send-off than that.
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds add a link here (thanks!) and the following observation:
MORE: Jay Reding writes: “Can we have some dignity, please?”
Apparently not. And this post by Eric Muller only serves to underline the very point it attempts to refute. The problem with today’s Democrats is that they try to invest the naked hunger for power with the dignity of the civil rights movement, a dignity that they no longer possess because it was based on a self-discipline that they no longer possess.
I think that’s about as dead-on as one can get. The Democratic Party has become increasingly vitriolic, to the point where partisan extremism is as easy to them as breathing. It’s become pathological for some, and that kind of extremism doesn’t work in a democratic society. If you can’t treat the opposition with the barest minimum of respect, you can’t come to the compromises necessary for democracy to function.
The reason why the Democrats keep losing elections is that things like this, using the opportunity of a funeral to criticize a man sitting in the audience alienates anyone who doesn’t share their ravenous sense of partisanship. There are plenty of people who may not like parts or even a significant amount of the President’s agenda, but are so turned off by the level of vitriol and extremism on the other side that they can’t support the Democrats either. As the level of partisanship grows, the level of disgust grows right along with it.
Coretta Scott King deserved better than that. Our country deserves better than this.