Tuesday, January 11, 2011

not just dangerous, also ineffective

it is interesting to see not just how often gun-related campaign rhetoric was used in mid-term campaigns, but also how ineffective it was. in a year when most republicans won, almost all of the GOPers on this list lost. maybe david kurtz is right politicians resort to those tactics in desperation when it looks like they are going to lose.

which makes me wonder whether this kind of rhetoric would have much of a future even if the giffords shooting had not happened. politicians tend to do what they think will work. their handlers will notice a pattern when it's as stark as this one. and that's on top of the fact that if you put someone in cross hairs, you're risking blame if some random nutcase actually shoots that person.