Powell still bullish on Obama, not joining govt - Yahoo! News Reflecting on the Arizona shootings that killed six people and badly wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Powell said he was dismayed by the harsh tenor of political debate that some have said may have contributed to the attack. "There has crept in our society and our public dialogue, a coarseness, a nastiness, an attack of people who don't share the same views as you do," he said. "All sorts of nastiness. And it is not just politicians who are doing this to each other, and, frankly, politics has always been a contact sport in this country . but with all of the cable channels and talk radio and blogs, especially blogs, where people can be anonymous with their nastiness, I think has caused a level of coarseness in our society that we've all got to think about." The bold part more aptly describes the rhetoric on the right by wingnuts like Beck, Bachmann, Palin, etc even though some of the left occasionally engage in it.