Des Moines Register Editor Backs Columnist’s Absurd Claim That His Wishes for Deaths of GOP Leaders, Gun Owners Was ‘Satire’
The first rule for those who have dug themselves into rhetorical holes is: Stop digging. As noted yesterday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), Des Moines Register columnist Donald Kaul ignored that rule on January 5 by claiming that his December 30 column — which, among other things, advocated “(tying) Mitch McConnell and John Boehner … to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag(ging) them around a parking lot until they … (see) the light on gun control” and having those who resist the efforts of those trying to pry their “guns from their cold, dead hands” should get their wish — was “satire” comparable to the work Jonathan Swift.
The first rule for bystanders watching others digging themselves into such dangerous holes is: Take away their shovel. Instead, Register editor Rick Green joined in the digging in a Saturday column, even backing Kaul’s ridiculous “satire” claim (bolds are mine):