Silly me, I thought that the first shoe to drop in the wake of the lunatic shooting in Arizona would fall on free speech.
But it seems that the greatest threat to the safety of Congress isn't lone nuts at strip malls. It's being treated like ordinary citizens at airports.
A top House Democrat said the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) should change how members of Congress are screened at airports.
“I really believe that that is the place where we feel the most ill at ease, is going through airports,” Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who serves as assistant minority leader in the House, said on "Fox News Sunday."
Clyburn called for the Transportation Security Administration, which administers airport security checkpoints, to interact “a little better” with the Capitol Hill Police.
“We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,” he said. “Well, the fact of the matter is, we are held to a higher standard in so many other areas, and I think we need to take a hard look at exactly how the TSA interact with members of Congress.”
Of course, Clyburn isn't saying that being treated like everybody else, that is to say, having to wait on line and choose between full-body scanners or a full-body search, is the reason that Gabrielle Giffords was shot.
He's just taking advantage of the tragedy, so that he can walk around the hoi polloi before his weekly flight to South Carolina, and enjoy his first-class martini while everybody else is subjected to a humiliating experience ("take off your shoes, take off your belt") that Clyburn fully supports. Just as long as it's done to everybody else.
It's a shame that Jared Lee Loughner didn't live in the Sixth District of South Carolina.
Update: I apologize for the last sentence, which was a stupid thing to write. But I won't delete it or edit it. Let it be a monument to my folly, and intemperate rhetoric.