JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS: In the middle of this, Charles, an editorial in The New York Times which again repeated the much-discredited meme that a Sarah Palin ad was responsible for the Gabby Giffords shooting. So even the media is in on this game too, not just the political sides.
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: No, I agree. That editorial this morning repeating that was not only scandalous but unbelievable because that is a 6-year-old story that's been debunked within three days when it turned out it had nothing at all to do with her. And the man who did the shooting was a paranoid schizophrenic.
I think the problem here is twofold. It's not just a style but also it's the objectives. There is now a style in our politics where the ad hominem is the norm. I mean people ought to fight over policy but once you begin to question the motives, the patriotism of your opponents, you've gone too far.
But the worst thing, and I think this is overlooked, the two parties, the two ideologies, you might say, speak about the politics in apocalyptic terms. If the other guy wins, it's the end of the republic. If the other guy wins, it's the end of the world. The man who did the shooting yesterday is a man who bought into that quite literally.
I mean you speak about it hyperbolically but when those are the stakes when you say unless we stop Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, the republic will not survive, then that justifies anything. That's the language, the ideology, the rationale of terrorists, the fate of the world hangs on this, and it's up to the leadership to say these are policies, this is not the fate of the republic.