This is a weekly feature, but I couldn't bring myself to put it up yesterday, after the horrible event in Tucson. On that, I'll refer everyone to two posts worth reading: James Fallows on "political" shootings, and Rebecca Traister on the promise of Gabrielle Giffords' career. I'll have more to say a bit later, but for now, in this context, I'll just say that there are a lot of ways in which I hope this shooting will turn out not to matter much. American democracy has thousands and thousands of politicians, all of whom, collectively, are overvillified and undercelebrated. Alas, that's unlikely to change. What we can hope also won't change, however, is the very ordinariness of our politicians outside of the presidency, the way they can go about their lives as ordinary citizens, meeting with their fellow citizens and neighbors not just in great democratic events like the one interrupted in Tuscon, but in casual encounters, too.
Feel free to use comments for anything about Gabrielle Giffords, the shooting, or for that matter what else happened this week -- but please, keep the rhetoric tame. Thank you in advance.