The Miami Herald’s Leonard Pitts Jr. seems to share my disgust at the politicization of the Christmas Bomber:
Just as a factual matter, it’s difficult to see how the GOP can carry off this argument with a straight face. If Abdulmutallab’s bungled attempt to blow up a jetliner on President Obama’s watch proves Democrats are soft on terrorism, it stands to reason that Richard Reid’s bungled attempt to blow up a jetliner on President Bush’s watch proves the same about Republicans. I’m just sayin’.
So polarized has our leadership become that it is incapable of seeing in any dimension beyond the political. When attempted mass murder is seen as an “opportunity” on the one side and a signal to circle the wagons on the other, one can only conclude that for some, partisanship literally matters more than life itself.
I know what you’re thinking and for the record, yes: I did indeed make this same argument — repeatedly — when Democrats tried to use 9/11 to damage George W. Bush.