Remember how after Rep. Gabby Giffords was shot by a mentally ill man (of no particular political persuasion) Liberals called for an end to overwrought political rhetoric? Using the language of violence or demonizing the other side as criminals was supposed to be out of bounds?

Such pieties have been long forgotten, as this new Jennifer Wexton television confirms. This candidate for Virginia State Senate compares the “Tea Party Republicans” to the violent rapists that she fought as a prosecutor.

This is a ridiculous, over-the-top slur of Americans who simply have different views about the proper role of government in people's lives. Wexton should be ashamed.