The big, bloggy news today concerns a supporter of Rand Paul, the Republican candidate for Kentucky's Senate seat, who reacted badly when a female volunteer went in for a harmless prank. (For the record, I too am a Paul supporter.) Writes the Louisville Courier-Journal (boldface emphasis mine):
At one point, violence broke out when Lauren Valle of approached Paul and tried to give him an employee of the month award from Republicorp. Republicorp is a fake business MoveOn created to symbolize what it says is the merger of the GOP and business interests controlling political speech.Television video shows Valle, of Washington, D.C., being pushed to the ground and at least one foot stepping down on her head.
There is video of the incident at the first of the links above.Now, one would have thought this an opportunity for conservative pundits, especially of the Christian persuasion, to disown such violence and remind their readers and listeners that politics should be conducted in a spirit of charity, no matter who your opponents happen to be. But when it comes to Jim Hoft, of the First Things-sponsored "Gateway Pundit", such predictions tend to fall through:

Unhinged Activist Tackled and Stepped On at Rand Paul Rally (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 4:46 AM
Another day Another unhinged leftist stalks and lunges at a Republican contract employee Lauren Valle wasnt counting on this reaction by Rand Paul supporters.She was tackled and stepped on by Paul supporters. (TPM)Look for the state-run media to make her into some kind of saint by the end of the day.
There is more in the same vein here. First things first, indeed.

John Schwenkler is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Florida State University.

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