Kai Wright is features editor of The Nation. His reporting and writing has focused on racial justice, economic inequity, healthcare and sexuality. He is the former editorial director of Colorlines, a longtime fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute and a regular analyst for a range of broadcast programs. You can follow him on Twitter @kai_wright.
The violence in Arizona is about more than Sarah Palin's semantics. It's an indictment of decades' worth of right-wing enemy-in-our-midst politics and governance.
The president said many objectionable things in selling his tax- cut plan, but his assertions about America's history of compromising was too much to stomach.