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In the US, where hate rules at the ballot box, this tragedy has been coming for a long time | Michael Tomasky | Comment is free | The Guardian

It was instructive to read elected Republicans’ official statements in response to the Gabrielle Giffords shooting for what they did not say. The House Speaker, John Boehner, said: “An attack on one who serves is an attack on all who serve. Acts and threats of violence against public officials have …

Quotes of the Day – TIME.com

There are some things I feel really strongly about. JOHN BOEHNER, the newly installed Speaker of the House, acknowledging that he is known to tear up on occasion Friday, Jan. 07, 2011 – Quotes of the Day – TIME.com.