President Obama is now saying that we should tone down our rhetoric. A fair point. But is he the proper person to deliver that message? This from a man campaign organization riles up doners with rhetoric like:
"Don't think for a minute that power concedes without a fight," Obama reminds his fundraising targets. "Please donate to Organizing for America's campaign to win this fight and ensure that real health care reform reaches my desk by the end of this year."
And we ought not to forget, as John Hinderaker notes, comments like: "if they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun," and who exhorted his supporters to "get in their face." Unfortunately, a "community organizer" may not be a good candidate for calming the waters.