He is described as a middle-aged, White male and was seen by several witnesses driving away from the scene of the shooting.
Over on the Right, the Deflectors went up instantly
and at maximum power.
While in the Center, the frantic rush to condemn "the extremes of both sides"
I for one would be genuinely delighted if tonight's heartfelt pleas from Keith Olbermann for everyone to beat their verbal spears into pruning hooks blossomed into an actual movement, but the sad truth is that he could have said exactly the same thing about almost exactly the same people following the Oklahoma City bombing back in the Conservative rage-drunk, Hate-Radio-fueled militia-movements/black helicopter/Clinton-is-a-depraved-murderer/government-workers-are-parasites 1990s.
Rachel Maddow could and did say almost exactly the same thing about almost exactly the same people following the assassination of Dr. George Tiller.
The sad truth is that Hate is the Right's Ring of Power. They're never going to give it up, because they know the minute they do -- the minute they're no longer allowed to pretend that Liberals are evil, freedom-hating fifth-columnist monsters who are dragging America into a Marxist abyss on the secret orders of our Kenyan Usurper Overlord -- their whole ideology would implode...
...they would never win another election...
...and tens of thousands of powerful, well-remunerated insiders from Rush Limbaugh to David Gregory who depend on that hate for their daily bread would suddenly have to go out and find honest work.
UPDATE: Welcome James Wolcott/Vanity Fair readers. I am honored.