I've said time and again that when Governor Pawlenty was elected here in Minnesota, he ushered in a culture of meanness that seems to have spread around the country (or maybe it came here upon his election) to an alarming extent in the last decade or so.
Today and yesterday, I made the stupid (stupid!) mistake of reading the comments on some stories on the Star Tribune website and they exhibited that culture of meanness so well. People saying prison rape is a good thing, that anyone who doesn't have enough food to eat is lazy and shiftless, immigrants and Democrats are ruining this world (on really any story, whether its related or not) ... just on and on. And it is so. fucking. dispiriting.
Then, the Minnesota Republican Party comes out with this little gem. This is just another example of the culture of meanness (you might want to follow that there link to Gawker and watch it there, as the video below is kinda tiny). Stay klassy, Republicans.
Gotta say, I was happy to read this message when I went to YouTube so I could embed it: "This video or group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community."