In Arizona, the Republican Party plans to raffle off a Glock handgun, the same brand used to kill six and wound 13 others -- including Gabrielle Giffords -- in January
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In September 2008, then US Senator Lincoln Chafee did what many other smart, sensible Republicans should do today. He distanced himself from the pugnacious, anti-informed, increasingly deluded and violence-hugging wing of his GOP party. In a talk I moderated at the New America Foundation, now Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee called Sarah Palin "a cocky whacko."
Today, the too silent majority of Republican Party members who are decent, believe in classical conservative values of decency and fair and honest work, who shun flamboyance, and want to see the nation move ahead for everyone need to stand up and knock back the idiots in their party who are celebrating and breeding thuggery and promoting violence.
In Arizona, the Republican Party plans to raffle off the same brand of pistol*, a Glock 23 .40 caliber handgun, that killed six people, and wounded 13 others including US House Representative Gabrielle Giffords who was shot at point blank range in the head.
How can this make sense to any sensible manager of the GOP's political outreach? This is not only offensive, but this kind of thing actually telegraphs a green light to other tightly wound fanatics that it's OK to target their political rivals. It's an outrageous move.