Who could have predicted that if Sarah Palin put Democratic districts in rifle sights, and Glenn Beck said passing health care reform "is the end of America as you know it," and Rep. Randy Neugebauer yelled on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives that babies were about to be killed, well, violence (and the ominous threat of greater violence) would result?

Really. Who could have predicted?

I mean, it's not like rhetoric has consequences or anything. This is America, right? Where publicity-seeking egotists with idiot followers can say whatever they want, amiright? Free speech means no responsibility. It's all just a game of attention-generation and reaction-creation, man. That's politics. No harm, no foul. Right?

(Oh, and then, after the broken window and cut gas line and death threats and shouts of "nigger" and "faggot," this happened.)