I will work with Jen Weinstein most of the day learning lines–or, I should say, re-learning lines.
Later today is Oliver Elfman (Bridget Fonda and Danny Elfman’s son) turns 6 and is having a tea party that I will go to.
Right now, though, I send kudos to Paul Krugman for his column “Climate of Hate” in the New York Times. He says that though the shooter responsible for the Arizona massacre appears to be mentally unstable, “that doesn’t mean that his act can or should be treated as an isolated event, having nothing to do with the national climate.” And later, “…the purveyors of hate have been treated with respect, even deference, by the GOP establishment.” Asking whether the massacre will make our national discourse less toxic, Krugman answers, “it’s really up to the GOP establishment. Will they accept the reality of what’s happening to America, and take a stand against eliminationist rhetoric? Or will they try to dismiss the massacre as the mere act of a deranged individual, and go on as before?”
All of us need to pay attention. If GOP leaders and the right wing media that fans the flames of radical calls for armed resistance do go on as before, we need to make them responsible for the consequences.