The Democrats got their panties in wad when Jesse Helms warned Bill Clinton not to visit Fort Bragg, North Carolina, suggesting that maybe some of the soldiers down there might threaten his life. Threatening the president is a crime, I believe. That Helms was a raving loon didn't make it any better. I don't remember if Helms apologized for the remark.
Now, I have had my share of, uh, conversations in which somebody will go off on Bush and suggest that he should be "taken out and shot." This always bothers me because it's generally made by the same people who accuse Republicans of being mean and nasty and violent. The amount of venom that comes out of liberals these days is enough to make one question the sanity of the whole damn party.
So now Randi Rhodes goes and does a skit about shooting Bush. Nice. (Not the first time, either, says Byron York). If you follow the Drudge link you'll get to an MP3 of the Rhodes bit. If you can get on, that is.
Can we compare Helms and Rhodes? Okay--both wackos. The interesting difference is that Helms was saying that someone else might harm the president while Rhodes seems to be celebrating the possibility and has, as York indicates, advocated that the Bush family off Dubya.
I have only been able to listen to Rhodes for about ten minutes at a time because I find most of her show incomprehensible when it's not filled with bile.
If this is true, and we are talking Drudge here, I would imagine an apology and maybe a firing but I would be very surprised if the Secret Service will make for Rhodes' arrest. I know they have to take all this stuff seriously, but I don't think it will go far. But that's just me; I could be wrong.
UPDATE II: Just listened to the first few minutes of Rhodes' show. She insists that she had nothing to do with the bit, but that she take responsibility for it because it was on her show. She also said that she does not condone violence and would like to clear the whole thing up. So there. Or somewhere.