Today, E.J. Dionne, Jr. took the unusual action of revisiting the topic of his Op-Ed from yesterday. In "The Trashing of Graeme Frost -- and the Fallout," Dionne invites his readers to participate in a discussion of the actions of the Republicans who attacked Graeme Frost:
I have been astonished at the conservative blog and talk radio campaign against Graeme Frost and his family. Graeme is the now famous 12-year-old who spoke for the Democrats in favor of the $35 billion increase in funding for children's health care that President Bush vetoed. I said what I had to say on this in my column on Friday. What astonishes me is that conservative bloggers thought this would be an effective line of attack -- and also that the Frost family's conservative critics are quite ready to violate their own principles in going after this hard working family with a $45,000 annual income. As most of you know, this is all over the web.Head over and share your opinion.
How are Republicans reacting? More ugliness. From Redstate, via ThinkProgress:
If federal funds were required [they] could die for all I care. Let the parents get second jobs, let their state foot the bill or let them seek help from private charities. […]According to ThinkProgress, the Bush administration has embraced the hard line approach of Redstate and a White House staffer has posted an appeal from the President of the United States on Red State.
I would hire a team of PIs and find out exactly how much their parents made and where they spent every nickel. Then I’d do everything possible to destroy their lives with that info.
You can read about that in "White House Embraces Right-Wing Blog That Called For ‘Destroying’ Graeme Frost."
Probably the best summary of what happened and what the Republican bloggers did wrong can be found in this post by Jonathan Cohn at The New Republic.
The Republicans have been caught with their viciousness showing, and it's going to cost them.