Last night, MSNBC host Ed Schultz used his network’s airways to hope Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-MN, would come on his show and commit suicide.
As part of his appropriately named “Psycho Talk” segment, he featured Bachmann’s unfortunately worded statement to a group opposing socialized medicine: “What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing. This will not pass. We will do whatever it takes.” She intended to unite everyone opposed to government-imposed health care rationing against Democratic attempts to push through the public “option,” but the thought of a dead Republican set Schultz’s heart aflutter. With a disconcerting gleam in his eye, he asked:
Any takers? Do you think we could get Michelle Bachmann to slit her wrist right here on “The Ed Show”?
His bloodlust bon mot is part of the Left’s long history of pining for the deaths of its political enemies. President Obama visibly chuckled when Wanda Sykes “joked” about Rush Limbaugh‘s kidneys failing at the Washington Correspondents Dinner. One of Schultz’s many predecessors as talk radio’s Great Left Hope, Randi Rhodes, repeatedly called for the assassination of President Bush, and Air America Radio prescribed the torture of Donald Rumsfeld. I cataloged a number of the most notorious examples of left-wing hatred this May in a lead story at FrontPage Magazine. As I noted, in the Left’s secular pseudo-religion, conservative devils forestalling progress toward their glorious Utopia must be exorcised. Add Psycho Ed’s statement to the list.
A number of left-wing outlets — including The Huffington Post, DailyKos, and Crooks and Liars – commented on the segment without condemning Schultz’s incitement to self-slaughter.Â (A DailyKos commenter thoughtfully called Bachmann “Queen Dingbat the Silly.”) All three outlets were exercised about some of Ann Coulter‘s comments. However, The Huffington Post prayed for Dick Cheney’s death and anti-tax activist Grover Norquist‘s castration. To cite but one example from its long history, DailyKos featured numerous entries mocking White House spokesman Tony Snowâ€™s young death from cancer last July, including two diaries asking, â€œShould we mourn Tony Snow?â€
The Left harbors a preternatural hatred for Michelle Bachmann, overshadowed only by its hatred of Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and the United States of America. It was inevitable some leftist would wish her dead in public without reprisal.
Could Ed Schultz get Bachmann to slit her wrist on his show? If a tree falls in the woods and no one’s around to hear it….