National Review's Jim Geraghty notes today that House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer hasn't gotten the memo on the new tone in Washington. “I think we’re playing Russian roulette with the nation’s credit-worthiness, and unfortunately, all the chambers seem to be loaded on the House side. They want to shoot every bullet they have at the President” said Hoyer on Wednesday's "Morning Joe."
Not one member of the panel appeared to notice Hoyer's choice of words. The same morning program on which Newsweek's Tina Brown suggested that House Republicans were suicide bombers failed to point out the insinuations of violence being made by the second-ranking Democrat in the House. It is also noteworthy that the media made sure to call attention to Sarah Palin's use of relatively innocuous target symbols during the 2010 campaign, but did not take this opportunity to highlight a similar use of language.
So much for MSNBC's hand-wringing about the need for a "new tone" in Washington.