Remember when dissent was the highest form of patriotism? Remember when the president reassured the country that a new tone was going to be embraced, and that everyone was going to learn the lessons of the tragic shooting of Rep. Giffords--that language was going to be tempered? Now dissent is racist, and just a shy of a year after the Giffords shooting the Vice President is comparing Tea Party Republicans to the people that murdered America's brave service men and women in Afghanistan yesterday. The hypocrisy slaps you in the face, and only delusional leftists so caught up in hatred are blind to it. Even the NY Times can admit it: That anger reached its apex on Tuesday, when I wrote a column comparing the Tea Party Republicans to terrorists. The words I chose were intemperate and offensive to many, and Ive been roundly criticized. I was a hypocrite, the critics said, for using such language when on other occasions Ive called for a more civil politics. In the cool light of day, I agree with them. I apologize. Here are the comments he is apologizing for: For now, the Tea Party Republicans can put aside their suicide vests. But rest assured: Theyll have them on again soon enough. These last few months, much of the country has watched in horror as the Tea Party Republicans have waged jihad on the American people.