Speaking to the point I made yesterday in the comments, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
In other words, the day that someone passes away, whether you liked them or hated them, is a period when it’s best to remember what your mother (hopefully) taught you about if you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all. Allow family and friends time to mourn their loss. Show some respect. Have some class.
Clearly this message was lost on GOP State Sen. and Senate candidate Sam Caligiuri, who wasted no time yesterday trying to score political points against a visibly grieving Chris Dodd.
This from The Hill:
“I am calling on Senator Dodd to decline the position of the HELP Committee Chairman, if it is offered to him,” Caligiuri said in a statement. “He should be finishing the job he has barely started of fixing the financial sector problems that got us into this economic disaster in the first place, and not spending his time promoting ill advised health care legislation.”
“Only in Washington would someone who failed miserably at one crucial job be considered for taking the reins on another important front,” Caligiuri said. “In typical DC fashion, Senator Dodd is all politics all the time, hoping to secure this new post to dust his past failures under the rug and forge ahead with yet more bad legislation.”
Actually, despite not being in DC, it’s Mr. Caligiuri who appears to “all politics all the time”. Because here’s what Senator Dodd actually said in a teleconference earlier yesterday according to a Bloomberg report:
“I’ll wait for a later date to make a decision on which direction to go … I haven’t given that a second worth of thought.”
Politics is an ugly business, and unfortunately it seems to be getting uglier by the day. This is probably a naive hope, but can’t we all make an effort to show a little more class and respect? Ultimately we all love our country and want what is best for it. Unfortunately we disagree, often quite vehemently, about a) what that “best is and b) how to achieve it. But we can choose how to express that disagreement. I’m deeply disturbed by the increasingly hate-filled rhetoric on the airwaves and on the Internet – because words matter. Words can inspire but they can also incite. So please – let’s try to do our part to show more civility on CTLP.