I guess I miss out on all of this drama because I don't listen to talk radio (which is 99.9% partisan panderers and charlatans) or watch TV. :) I didn't see the Russert thing; stupid comment, yeah - he's kind of an equal-opportunity idiot ('Nancy Pelosi, can you tell me why a 70 year old woman still thinks she's entitled to a job?') and I don't really understand why he's employed. But, to your question +Pradheep Shanker
: it's possible that you don't hear a peep out of anyone condemning these idiots because mainstream liberals/democrats don't listen to those people
and aren't even aware that they're talking. Right-wing rage-mills like Twitchy listen, because they make their money ginning up controversy and helping people feel righteously indignant. I'm sure I could go to, say, Stormfront and find the lunatic fringe there (which is conservative) ranting about the race thing as well. But there wouldn't be a point, because those are just the crazies and it's better to keep them marginalized than publish their every stupid tweet. The rest of us are more interested in the guy's politics.