Really there are no depths of viciousness or lawlessness that the modern self-styled conservative won't embrace and even guffaw about. Today at the NRA gathering, Republican Mike Huckabee joked about an (imaginary) attempt on Barack Obama's life. The pretext for raising the specter of assassination? Nothing more than a loud sound he'd heard offstage:
"That was Barack Obama, he just tripped off a chair, he's getting ready to speak," said the former Arkansas governor, to audience laughter. "Somebody aimed a gun at him and he dove for the floor."
Think of that, this audience laughed about shooting the likely Democratic nominee for president.
This is about more than Mike Huckabee, with his bizarre habit of threatening to use violence in the political arena. This is about a Republican establishment that encourages, rewards, and lionizes those on the right who use threats of violence to expand the boundaries in public discourse of the "acceptable" demonization of Democrats. Where will it end?
See also this diary by Steve Singiser.